Apple punishes Google by revoking its ability to test apps

Apple punishes Google by revoking its ability to test apps

The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple's developer enterprise program - this was a mistake, and we apologize.

Update 31/01/2019 6:04pm ET: According to a tweet from New York Times reporter Mike Isaac, Apple has restored Facebook's enterprise developer certificate. For instance, Facebook was recently discovered to have gone against Apple's App Store policies, specifically as they relate to enterprise certificates, to gather as much data as possible from a wide range of device owners.

Apple has just confirmed how risky it is for companies to rely on the products of their competitors, after revoking the developer certificates of Facebook and Google.

Citing a person familiar with the situation, The Verge's Tom Warren reports that pre-release versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps stopped working Thursday.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.

The immediate result of this was the revoking of enterprise certificates which also crippled its employee-only apps. Google disabled the app Wednesday after news coverage of it appeared.

By revoking the certificate for the iOS software that powers the iPhone and iPad, Apple closed off Facebook's efforts to sidestep Apple's app store and its tighter rules on privacy.

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"We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon", said a Google spokesperson in a statement provided to Mashable.

Both Facebook and Google have been caught red-handed paying users to have their mobile lives tracked, whether they're aware of the consequences of their actions.

Google's ScreenWise Meter app was a little different from Facebook's app.

Puranik, who regularly works with developers, said the certificate revocation also meant developers lost the ability to publish their iPhone apps without vetting by Apple.

"Apple's view is that we violated their terms by sideloading this app", Canahuati stated.

Moreover, Apple is well-known to have been an outspoken advocate of the importance of privacy rules, with CEO Tim Cook praised EU rules during an appearance at the European Parliament previous year. "We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored". Users of Android devices can side-load apps from outside the Google Play Store or other Android like the Amazon App Store or GetJar. The company noted that the issue had no impact on its consumer services.

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