Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Now Apple clears Google, Facebook to run private iOS apps again

Apple Facebook spat is over for now—iOS certificate access restored EnlargeNur
Kayla Schwartz | 02 February, 2019, 16:54

Employee-only apps including the Gbus iOS transportation app and the company's internal cafe app have also conked out.

Late Thursday, Apple relented and restored Facebook's access.

"We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly", Apple said in a statement Thursday. The two companies are in discussions about how to solve this.

Google's app in question does pretty much the same thing as the Facebook Research VPN.

Apple didn't return a request for comment on the restoration of the Enterprise Certificate.

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McConnell introduced the amendment on Tuesday, while the bill is still up for debate in the Senate. The announcement prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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. Enterprise developer kits for iOS allow apps to be created that go far beyond the remit of regular programmes on the App Store on the strict understanding that they're for internal company use only.

"Apple's view is that we violated their terms by sideloading this app", Canahuati stated. Apple has taken a tough stand on the issue, saying tech companies should protect the privacy of user data, not seek to harvest it and profit from it. Facebook and Google, meanwhile, have built their entire businesses on monetizing their users' activity through advertising.

While Facebook has been getting all the attention for its covert research app, it's not the only one doing it. Google also had similar experiences, thanks to its Screenwise Meter. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that the shut down didn't affect their consumer-facing services. Apple would have to be okay with not only angering Facebook, but also disrupting its users' lives. But Onavo had other ways of collecting consumer data that bypassed some of Apple's restrictions. 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.

Smaller developers have to play by Apple's strict rules, so it's encouraging to see the same ones applied to tech giants, he said. This week, a bug was discovered in its FaceTime app, whereby people could spy on the video and audio FaceTime calls of other users. Facebook, however, is continuing to insist that its "research" application was entirely above-board, according to an internal memo published by Business Insider.

It's the latest string of privacy scandals to plague the social networking behemoth in recent months, including revelations in 2018 that a United Kingdom consulting firm improperly used data on millions of Facebook users for election ads during the 2016 presidential contest.

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