Facebook and Google have both been given a hefty warning shot by Apple after it was revealed that the two companies had been using internal security certificates to bypass restrictions on iOS applications in order to release data-gathering apps that would otherwise be banned. Unlike Facebook that has tons of employees on iOS, Google at least employs plenty of users of its own Android platform, so the disruption may have caused fewer problems in Mountain View than Menlo park.
Considering how important testing apps is to both Facebook and now Google, it's likely the companies are rushing to fix their strained relationship with Apple - not to mention access to their iOS testing systems.
Google and Apple faced off this week over privacy.
According to sources familiar with the matter, all of Google's internal iOS apps are now disabled.
But that move didn't placate Apple, which presumably revoked Google's Enterprise Certificate for violating the terms. "To be clear, this didn't have an impact on our consumer-facing services".
Apple's intuitive developer program allows the developers for the objective of testing and using the software outside of Apple's App Store. Regarding TechCrunch's original story, Facebook said: "Key facts about this market research program are being ignored ..."
Apple has restored Google's access to its iOS apps, according to Bloomberg's Mark Bergen. The latter is a VPN app that gives Facebook users $20 a month in exchange for root access to participants' phones. Whether Apple was punishing Facebook and Google as a deterrent to other companies that have or might have distributed apps externally using enterprise certificates, or it will go after all offenders, remains to be seen.
Apple said Facebook was abusing the tool, known as a developer enterprise certificate, to distribute the app in a way that allowed the social network to sidestep Apple restrictions on data collection. The apps even refused to launch on Facebook's employees' phones. This further clears that Apple will soon restore the search giant's enterprise development certificate. That app also relied on an Apple certificate to run on iOS devices. This means that the app can now take full advantage of the larger screens, and show more content.
Mashable reports that Facebook shows no remorse for their latest scandal in which they were caught possibly spying on teenagers via an app for the objective of "market research".
After the row with Facebook, Google was brought into the limelight too.
A Google spokesperson told Download.com: "I can confirm that our internal corporate apps have now been restored".