Google has just turned off a private iOS app that monitors users' use of the iPhone after it learned today that the app violates Apple's distribution guidelines in the same way Facebook infringes its use of the tracking application. Research With the iOS and Android app, users who choose Google's Opinion Rewards program have tracked their Internet usage data in return. The iOS version of the app relied on Apple's enterprise program, which allows apps with special permissions to be distributed only to company employees. The app has now been deactivated for iOS, but it remains available on the Google Play Store.
A spokesman for Google said The Verge : "The iOS App Screenwise Meter should not run under Apple's Developer Enterprise program. This was a mistake and we apologize. We disabled this app on iOS devices. This app is totally voluntary and has always been there. We've communicated with users about the way we use their data in this app. We do not have access to encrypted data in apps and devices, and users can unsubscribe at any time. "
Facebook's Facebook app with its research app violated Apple's corporate policies, so Facebook's internal apps have been disabled today. Now, the question is whether Google must suffer the same fate. We contacted Apple to comment on it.