Apple has purposely broken Google’s internal iOS apps for improper use and privacy concerns, reportedly affecting its pre-release beta and employee-only apps software.
Revoking Google’s enterprise certificate comes one day after Apple did the same to Facebook. Both companies misused their developer certification, which is supposed to be for internal-only apps for employees, to make consumer-accessible ones that collected user data. That’s a no-no, according to Apple’s rules.
But it wasn’t specifically the user data collection that sparked Apple’s ire. Instead, it was using the certification – which should only be used to create employee apps – to quietly make a consumer-accessible app, which circumvents Apple’s standard review process.
“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.
On Tuesday, TechCrunch uncovered a Facebook Research VPN app that was being distributed to its users via Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. The app tracked the mobile phone usage habits of those partaking in Facebook’s program. Apple’s own policies deem this use-case as a “breach of their agreement.”
“Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked,” an Apple spokesperson told Mashable yesterday in reference to Facebook’s certificate revocation due to its own Research app. Just one day after its Facebook report, a TechCrunch investigation uncovered a similar research program under Google. The search engine was utilizing its own VPN iOS app also being distributed to Google’s users through Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program.