Apple revokes Google enterprise developer certificate

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The research app was being distributed outside of the Apple's App store using Apple's enterprise program that allows developers to use special certificates to install more powerful apps onto iPhones.

Reports surfacing late on Thursday evening said that the functionality of some internal Google iOS apps had been restored, following close work alongside Apple.

30 January 2019: Both Bloomberg and The Verge report on the ensuing chaos inside Facebook, as iOS-using employees not only couldn't beta test public apps, but also couldn't use internal apps for things like transportation and lunch menus. But that still didn't stop Apple from revoking the company's ability to offer employee-only apps for the iPhone ecosystem.

Apple's intuitive developer program allows the developers for the goal of testing and using the software outside of Apple's App Store. The app was a voluntary download, with users 13-to-35 receiving compensation in exchange for allowing Facebook - and possibly 3rd party app developers - to track almost all their smartphone activity.

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Canahuati made no mention of the fact that the "Facebook Research" app was found to be suspiciously similar to Onavo, the Facebook-owned VPN app Apple yanked previous year for similarly concerning privacy violations. And most importantly they are used for testing the brand new apps. The apps even refused to launch on Facebook's employees' phones.

While both research programs let the internet giants track activity, Facebook's was more invasive because the company could see much more traffic from users' phones. This app is completely voluntary and always has been. And, unlike Facebook - which stripped its name off Research VPN following the similarly snoopy Onavo VPN getting pushed out of the App Store - Google's clear about its involvement.

"Some said they would have to wait weeks to get app updates or changes approved through Apple's App Store". As far as we know, nobody starved without access to the internal catering app. Regarding TechCrunch's original story, Facebook said: "Key facts about this market research program are being ignored ..." "It wasn't "spying" as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear onboarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate".

Then Google was caught doing almost the same thing with its Screenwise app. Facebook immediately pushed back on privacy concerns and said it was not tricking users with the research app. The social network also monitored teens, paying them US$20 a month if they signed up with parental consent. The block followed an earlier event in which Google was found violating Apple's app distribution policy. Alex Fajkowski, a Twitter user and iOS app developer, suggested that both Amazon and DoorDash were distributing apps to recruit temporary deliverers.

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