At the same time that the media criticized Facebook for spying on teenagers via an app, Apple dropped a bomb on Google by measuring the search engine giant with the same criteria as the one used with the social media platform, by revoking Google’s corporate certificate that allowed to distribute its own private application and allegedly monitor the use of the iPhone. The decision reaffirms Apple’s reaffirmation of users’ privacy and as a powerful technology entity that does not attack (implicit) data-hungry competitors.
Although Apple has let Facebook use the internal iOS apps and restored features of Google, it should be clear that the Cupertino-based giant sticks to its rules and applies them in the same way to any business likely to take fault in the future. Just like Facebook, Google’s Screenwise Meter was designed to track users and reward them with gift cards to help them collect information about their use of the Internet. Google has issued a statement clarifying its position, saying that the Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have been running as part of Apple’s istake and that they apologize for it.
They have disabled this app on iOS devices. This app is completely voluntary and has always been. They have been clear with users on how it uses their data in this application. They do not have access to encrypted data in apps and devices, and users can disable the program at any time. Someone familiar with the situation also said that the first versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release Beta applications stopped working alongside employee-only applications, such as an application Gbus for transport and Google’s internal coffee application, Amazon, DoorDash and Sonos distribute all beta versions of their apps to non-employees and could face the same action as Google and FacebEnterprise Developer Program – it was a mook
Facebook Accused Of Similar Spying
Facebook was already surrounded by several controversies related to data theft, but new reports of spying and data collection appear more and more frequently, putting a strain on the data protection claims of the company based in Menlo Park. According to the latest information, Facebook would spy on teenagers via an app by accessing all the data transiting through their phone, in exchange for $ 20 a month. Apple has now banned the application. Facebook has secretly paid people to install a Facebook Research VPN giving it access to users’ data and web activity. It would have avoided the App Store and rewarded teens and adults to download the search application.
According to sources, Facebook has admitted to being in the process of launching the research program to collect data on usage patterns. The report states that since 2016, Facebook has been paying users aged 13 to 35 up to $ 20 a month, plus sponsorship fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android Facebook Research application. Facebook even asked users to capture their Amazon Order History page. The program is administered through Applause, BetaBound, and uTest beta testing services to mask Facebook’s participation. In some documents, it is called Project Atlas – a suitable name for Facebook’s efforts to map the new trends and rivals in the world. Facebook announced that it would close the iOS version of its Research application. Apparently, Apple has already blocked the search application on the basis of a policy violation by the social media platform.
According to an Apple spokesperson, Facebook’s search application was blocked before Facebook’s appearance was voluntarily removed. The iPhone maker said it had revoked the company certificate allowing Facebook to distribute the Research app without going through the App Store. Meanwhile, Facebook has issued a memo among its employees who would be furious against the company. Some Facebook employees blame the social media giant for violating Apple’s rulebook for enterprise developers. Apple canceled the developer certificate that authenticated search applications.