Yesterday, Apple revoked Facebook’s iOS enterprise app certificate for violating its Terms of Service, and today, Apple is giving the same treatment to Google. According to a report from The Verge, Apple has shut down Google’s internal iOS apps for doing the exact same thing Facebook was doing—distributing enterprise apps outside of the company.
Apple’s Developer Enterprise Program allows developers to distribute iOS apps outside of the walled garden of the App Store but only under the condition that they limit this distribution to employees only. Yesterday, news broke that both Google and Facebook had built data-sucking “research” apps on Apple’s enterprise app program and that both companies were caught distributing these apps to research participants outside the company. Facebook’s app program was public first and was banned by Apple, with the company reiterating that “Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.”
Google’s program was discovered later in the day, and while Google apologized and disabled the app, today the other shoe dropped, and Google’s internal apps were banned.