Google Disabled Screenwise Meter app Seeing the Consequences Facebook Faced
Google just after seeing how Facebook was widely criticized for its app that was accessing mobile and web activity of some iPhone users has disabled an iPhone app that it had paid some users to install to study their digital habits.
iPhone maker Apple Inc had created a program which controls how companies distributed apps to employees. Google and Facebook have faced criticism from privacy experts for distributing their research apps from privacy experts of this program.
“The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program — this was a mistake, and we apologize,” said Google.
Facebook's 'Research App' which paid teens with $20 a month to install their Facebook Research app VPN, allowed Facebook to get complete access to their phone's data. However soon later Apple banned Facebook from using its Enterprise Developer Certificate because the company had improperly used it to track the web-browsing habits of teenagers.
Fearing of a similar consequence, Alphabet InC's Google had come up with the decision of disabling the app.