Not only does Facebook collect iOS data now it seems that even Google,
Just a few hours ago, it turned out that Mark Zuckerberg had paid young people to install a VPN on their iPhone that spied their dates. In the face of this situation, Apple has revoked its privileges and blocked internal versions of Facebook because it was incorrectly used a business certificate for internal use of Facebook that was used to avoid the rules of the Shop that explicitly forbids spying and monitors the activity of its users. Well, it turned out Google will do the same thing,
According to TechCrunch, Google distributes the "Screenwise Meter" application that uses the same commercial certificate that Apple offers to businesses to test their applications internally. That's worrying Screenwise Meter would also be designed to collect data from iOS users by avoiding App Store policies,
Apple has a fat problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible
According to the information, "Screenwise Meter" is active since 2012 and install it requires a private invitation if the method that is based on an enterprise iOS certificate is explained. Participants can be 18-year-olds, although those who have only 13 if they are part of a family group can attend.
"Screenwise Meter" is an application that would be designed to collect information on Internet usage on iOS devices, especially the iPhone, which would include details of the time when the site is visited by the user through the browser and applications installed on the phone.
Users who agree to install the application and share all of their business and personal data with Google, receive gift cardsThe app is in fact part of the Google Rewards Program, which provides people with rewards for installing tracking and monitoring software on their smartphones, web browsers, routers and TVs. There is even a video explaining how it works:
People who are installing this type of application are supposed to be unaware of the extent and possible risks, so companies are using this ignorance to use financial rewards. But if we also add the fact that we use a business certificate to circumvent the rules and verification of the App Store, then it is like a company like Facebook and now Google would find a place of business.
What is true is that Google, according to Apple's rules and the App Store, Abuses business certificate, which allows access to iOS users' private information. Just like Facebook. So Apple would also be able to revoke Google's permission to use this tool for businesses.
On the other hand, Apple has a serious problem because it has confirmed that it has no opportunity to review the applications that are used through the corporate certificate and that it is theoretically designed for internal testing. Today we see that it is not so more companies could use this "vulnerability" outside Facebook and Google,
We contacted Apple and Google to learn more about this application and the use of a business certificate for end users. If we have a response or more information, we update the record.