Facebook does not seem to be the only one who abuse Apple to distribute employee-only apps to stop the App Store and collect extensive user data. Google has used an app called Screenwise Meter, which is very similar to the application distributed by Facebook Research and now denied by Apple, TechCrunch has learned.
In your Google app invites users aged 18 years or older (or 13 if part of a family group) to download the app using a special code and registration process with a business certificate. This is the same type of policy violation that led Apple to close the Facebook-like research VPN iOS application, which also led to Facebook's legitimate employees using only applications running on the same Facebook Enterprise certificate. Facebook looks very much in this process.
First launched in 2012, Screenwise allows users to earn a gift card for transferring a corporate certificate-based VPN application that allows Google to monitor and analyze their traffic and data. Google has updated the program as part of cross-border media panel and Google opinion award programs that reward users for installing tracking systems on their mobile phone, computer web browser, router, and TV.
Initially, Screenwise was open to users who are younger than 13, just like the Facebook Research app, which is now off iOS but remains on Android.
Now, according to the site dashboard eligibility rules, Google requires that its primary end users be 18 or older, but still allow secondary experts up to 13 years old in the same household to join the program and track devices as shown in this video (created last year) in August, underlining that the program is still active):
Unlike Facebook, Google is much faster than how its research data collection programs work, what is collected and directly involved. It also allows users to use 'guest mode' when they do not want to monitor traffic or a person under the age of 13 uses this device.
Removing insignificant privacy issues – in short, many people who are attracted by financial rewards – can completely disregard this, which means that the company must fully monitor all of your screen activity – and to what extent technology companies want to go to more data For users to gain an edge over their competitors, Google Screenwise Meter iOS seems to violate Apple's policies.
Essentially, this indicates that the Company Certificate Program for distributing apps without the App Store or Apple's monitoring is only for employees using only employees.
Google uses users to install a business certificate and VPN on their phone. Developers wanting to do external testing for iOS should use the TestFlight system that looks at apps and limits their distribution to 10,000 people.
We've both commented on Apple and Google about why this app is the same or different from Facebook.
If Apple believes that it violates the Company Certificate Policy, it might exclude Screenwise's ability to work with iOS. And if it really wants to punish Google, such as Facebook, it can invalidate all Google's legitimate apps running on the same certificate.
It could turn off the nut in Google's product development and daily workflow, which could be more harmful than just removing one way to compile competitive intelligence.
We will update this information when we learn more.