Now that we’re some twenty years post the tech industry consolidation, you have to admire just how belligerent the big boys are when they get pissed at each other. First, it was the music police going after Napster, then the European Trade Police going after Microsoft, Last year saw an un-named smartphone manufacturer going after Huawei with multiple arrests here in Canada and in China, and now Apple is on the warpath against Google and Facebook for breaking its developers’ policy. Don’t you just love it when the kids don’t play nicely in the sandbox?
The move came after both firms used special access for market research.
Apple restored both companies access to the software within 48-hours, allowing both Facebook and Google to get their internal apps back up and running.
Apple allows companies the ability to exert special control over employee devices in order to add additional security and control.
Many firms use this to distribute apps that might contain private information to employees but not the wider public.
Some firms also distribute test or beta versions of apps the firm is working on such as, in Google’s case, Maps, Hangouts and Gmail.
Both firms use internal iOS apps to help employees access services such as travel.
However, Apple explicitly prohibits firms from using this access on regular consumers.
Early last week Apple learned that Facebook had used its enterprise access to distribute a market research app to the public, including teenagers.
At about the same time, they found out that Google was doing something similar with its own app, Screenwise.
While Google has its own operating system, Android, a large number of the company’s almost 100,000 employees use iPhones for their work, and the firm releases much of its software on both Android and Apple’s iOS.
The row has been seen as a major escalation between Apple and its major rivals over protecting user data.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard