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Apple revokes Google’s enterprise developer certificates

First Apple stopped Facebook from being able to use its internal apps by revoking its enterprise developer certificates following reports that the social network ignored guidelines relating to user privacy by distributing apps outside the app store. Now the tech giant has done the same thing with Google, according to The Verge.

Yesterday it was reported that Google had been running an app dubbed Screenwise Meter. Google has been asking users users aged 18 and up (or 13 if part of a family group) to download the app by way of a special code and registration process using an Enterprise Certificate. 

A person familiar with the situation told The Verge that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps have stopped working, alongside employee-only apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google’s internal cafe app.

Since Google has been caught red-handed it told TechCrunch that it will remove Screenwise Meter from Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program and disable it on iOS devices. The Apple Developer Enterprise Program offers, in Apple’s words, developers “everything you need to start distributing proprietary in-house apps to your employees.” Developers can assign team roles and approve digital certificates, and create provisioning profiles. Download Xcode, and get access to the latest software developer kits and tools.

The images accompanying this article are courtesy of Fudzilla and the Search Engine Roundtable

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.