"We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly", said the statement from Apple to BuzzFeed. Facebook and Google used this to collect data on user activity for internal research.
The brief ban is said to have been disruptive for both Facebook and Google, disabling internal apps used by employees and preventing builds of internal apps that all relied on the now-revoked signing certificates.
The problem: both companies were misusing an Apple developer system to circulate a pair of iOS apps to consumers outside the official App Store-a violation of Apple's policy.
March 2018: Security researcher Will Strafach reveals that Onavo Protect for iOS could detect when the screen was on or off, total daily data usage, and VPN connection uptime. While Facebook says it was done with permission, Apple said that Facebook was abusing the tool to distribute the app on iPhones.
Apple eventually restored Facebook's access to its Enterprise Developer Certificate program on Thursday afternoon.
So while the rules apply equally to all companies, Apple didnt hesitate to react to the unintended use of the enterprise certificate with Google. It logs pretty much everything you do online, passing it back to the antisocial media giant to analyze and mine, and rewards its surveillance guinea pigs $20 in vouchers a month for giving up their privacy. "TechCrunch implied we hid the fact that this is by Facebook - we don't". For starters, the apps were siphoning personal data from phones.
A Google spokesperson told MobileSyrup via email that Google is "working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon".
Google has since disabled the app and apologized to users following the backlash. The company notes in a statement that all users voluntarily signed up for the Research app, and were free to opt out at any time.
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This situation is very similar to recent news about a Facebook app geared towards teens which paid them $20 to track almost everything they do on their iOS devices.
What should we take away from this brouhaha?
That's the same thing that got Facebook in trouble with its Research app. So far, Apple has since restored Google's enterprise certificates and that goes for the app's functionality too.
The divide between iOS and Android has never been more stark.
Both news outlets reported some Facebook employees blamed Apple for the snafu and thought of the suspension as an act of retaliation in the companies' ongoing feud.
Many users don't value privacy highly. However, they had little expectation of privacy anyway, so they were willing to sell their data for a little money. And it's not afraid to use it to keep companies in line. The company announced Thursday that that had happened.