Apple axes Google access to key developer tool

02 February, 2019, 16:55 | Author: Patty Hardy
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While Google has its own operating system, Android, a large number of the company's nearly 100,000 employees use iPhones for their work, and the firm releases much of its software on both Android and Apple's iOS. Apple previously asked Facebook to remove its data collecting Onavo VPN app from the iOS App Store.

Still, the shutoff didn't seem to debilitate Facebook's ability to work.

Both tech giants have now had their certificates restored, allowing access to their internal iOS apps. Those include early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, as well as apps for Google's buses and cafe.

Apple temporarily prevented Google from running its internal apps for employees on iPhones and iPads this week - a move similar to the one it took against Facebook. Meanwhile, Apple told Buzzfeed in a statement: “We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly.”.

Apple restored Google's access to the software by the end of the working day on Thursday. However, Facebook was abusing the system to distribute the iOS apps to consumers, Apple said. Facebook Research is said to be essentially the same code under a different name. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that the shut down didn't affect their consumer-facing services.

Shortly after Google's apology, Apple followed through and revoked Google's enterprise certificate too.

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Apple offers enterprise certificates to large companies like Google and Facebook for the objective of distributing apps internally, amongst the companys employees that facilitate their jobs.

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

Apple did not reply immediately to a request for comment. Facebook is finding out the hard way.

Compared with Facebook, Google is far more upfront about how Screenwise Meter and its other market research programs work and what data they collect. The social-networking company also monitored teens, paying them $20 a month if they signed up with parental consent.

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.

Apple experienced the FaceTime bug early this week and hot on the heels of this discovery, the Cupertino based company was eager and quick to defend their integrity and to assure its consumers they take their privacy seriously, they chose to go after tech giants like Google and Facebook with others like Amazon and Doordash that violate their platform. This week, a bug was discovered in its FaceTime app, whereby people could spy on the video and audio FaceTime calls of other users.



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