Apple has revoked Google's corporate developer certificate, rendering the Google Bus Search giant's iOS internal apps unusable.
The news was reported by The Verge, citing "a person familiar with the situation," and reports that Google used its iOS application "Screenwise Meter" as part of a market research program to monitor the use of the iPhone device.
Although Google turned off the Screenwise Meter iOS application on January 30, 2019, The VergeThe source told the publication that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail and "other pre-release beta applications" have stopped working.
Internal applications such as the Gbus transport application and the company coffee application were also affected.
A Google spokesman said MobileSyrup via e-mail that Google is "working with Apple to fix a temporary outage on some of our corporate iOS apps, which we hope will be resolved soon."
Apple's decision to revoke Google's corporate developer certificate follows TechCrunch report claiming that Google employed a similar data-collection application as Facebook's "Search" application.
Cupertino revoked the Menlo Park certificate following a TechCrunch One report claimed that Facebook paid users between the ages of 13 and 35 approximately $ 20 a month to transfer the search appliance to iOS devices to collect phone and web activities.
A Facebook spokesman said MobileSyrup in an e-mail dated January 31, 2019, "important facts about this market research program" were ignored.
"Despite the first reports, there was nothing secret – about this; was literally called the Facebook Research App, "said Facebook MobileSyrup.
"It was not" espionage, "because all the people who signed up to participate went through a clear integration process asking for their permission and were paid to participate."
Facebook also said that less than five percent of users who participated in the market research program were teenagers.
"Everyone signed the parental consent forms," added Facebook.
Apple's Enterprise Program provides developers with tools to create in-house applications that can be installed outside the confines of the iOS App Store.
According to a statement previously issued The Verge, Apple explained that "any developer using their corporate certificates to distribute applications to consumers will have their certificates revoked."
Interestingly, Apple's decision to revoke the Google certificate suggests that Cupertino did not unfairly target Menlo Park and simply hopes that two of the world's largest technology companies will follow the same rules as all other iOS developers.
Although Google has disabled the Screenwise Meter iOS app, the Android version is still available on the Google Play Store, indicating that the market research program is still active.
Source: The Verge
Update 31/01/2019 6:04 ET: According to a tweet from New York Times reporter Mike Isaac, Apple restored the corporate developer certificate of Facebook.
latest on FB v Apple:
“We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored. We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running. To be clear, this didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services.” –FB spox
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 31, 2019