October 22, 2019

Apple Will Regulate Facebook

“Facebook’s toughest regulator may not be the Federal Trade Commission or another government agency, but rather its tech giant rival Apple.

Facebook suffered another public relations black eye on Tuesday when tech publication TechCrunch reported about its latest in a series of data privacy blunders.

In short, Facebook allegedly abused the Apple Developer Enterprise Program that lets partner companies make corporate apps and work-related tools available to their employees outside of the consumer-facing Apple App Store.

While the program was intended to let Facebook employees test apps and new features prior to major releases, among other reasons, Facebook, in fact, used it as a way to get the public download a data-tracking “research” app outside of the Apple App store. The strategy let Facebook bypass Apple’s app approval process, which almost certainly would have otherwise blocked Facebook’s data-collecting app for violating Apple’s privacy policies.”

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