In a new statement today, Facebook says that Apple has restored its access to enterprise certificates. This means that Facebook can now use its internal applications again, which were rendered useless earlier this week when Apple barred the company’s access to enterprise certification.
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In a statement to Mike Isaac of The New York Times, a Facebook spokesperson said that the company is “in the process” of making its internal apps functional. The company also confirmed that losing access to enterprise certificates did not have any effect on consumer-facing services:
“We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored. We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running. To be clear, this didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services.”
This comes as Google had its access to the certificate program revoked earlier today. Shortly after that, however, Apple issued a statement saying it was working with Google to restore its access as quickly as possible. In both cases, Apple’s decision to revoke enterprise certificate access had rendered internal services, such as transportation and cafe apps, useless. Further, it prohibited both companies from using beta versions of upcoming applications.
Both Facebook and Google were found to be using Apple’s enterprise certification program to distribute data collection applications. In Facebook’s case, it was caught paying users up to $20 per month for incredible levels of access to user data. Using enterprise certificates for consumer-facing applications is firmly against Apple’s guidelines.
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“We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored. We are in the process of getting our internal apps up and running. To be clear, this didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services.” –FB spox
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 31, 2019