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The Apple Police Cannot Get Rid of Gambling or Porn In the Apple Store

The Apple Police Cannot Get Rid of Gambling or Porn In the Apple Store

Google and Facebook were not the only developers who were openly taking advantage of the Enterprise Certificate program from Apple. The program was meant for companies who provide apps that are only supposed to be accessed by employees. An investigation conducted by TechCrunch revealed that a dozen apps for hardcore porn and a dozen gambling apps that required real money had been overlooked by Apple.

The developers passed the screening created by Apple’s Enterprise Certificate; however, the screening was a week and allowed these sites to be approved. This meant that the apps were able to get past the safeguards for Cupertino and the App Store. The safeguards are in place to ensure that iOS stays, family-friendly. Since the screening was not properly monitored, people were able to use apps, so blatantly that are usually not permitted by Apple.

This situation is evidence of the fact that Apple has been negligent in monitoring its certification program. The oversight led to exploitation and allowed those who wanted to use the app to get around the rules for the App Store. The breech in security is difficult work, since Apple CEO Tim Cook often criticizes Apple competitors for frequent security errors and misuse of data, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal with Facebook. This proves that Apple has significant work to do, since the company did not catch and block several gambling and porn apps.

How the News Broke

TechCrunchRecently, TechCrunch revealed that Google and Facebook broke the Apple certification rules. The companies distributed apps that required root network access or installed VPNs, which collected traffic and phone activity from users. The information was used for competitive intelligence. Apple then revoked certificates for Facebook and Google temporarily, which disabled the legitimate employee-only apps for the companies. This caused chaos in both companies.

Apple then issued a statement, saying, “Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.” Meanwhile, a number of restricted apps were still available from the websites of illicit developers.

The issue started with Apple’s relaxed standards for accepting companies into the enterprise program. The program is designed for companies to distribute apps that only their employees can access. The policy for the enterprise program clearly states “you may not use, distribute, or otherwise make Your Internal Use Applications available to Your Customers” but Apple did not fully enforce these regulations.

Receiving Certification

To be part of the enterprise program, developers have to pay $299 to Apple and fill out a form online. The form asks developers to promise that they are building an Enterprise Certificate app that will only be used by internal employees. The form also indicates that these companies have the legal right to register the business and provide a D-U-N-S business ID number and a Mac that is up to date. It is easy to Google a company’s address and details and finds its D-U-N-S ID number using a tool provided by Apple. After Apple ID setup and agreeing to Apple’s terms of service, businesses have to wait one week to one month for a phone call from Apple. During the phone call, businesses will be asked to reconfirm their information and to re-certify that they will only distribute the app to employees and to those who are permitted to represent the business.

All people have to do is give dishonest answers on the phone and use some information from Google to get Enterprise Certificate approval from Apple. Since there are a number of apps being distributed that violate policy, it is obvious that Apple should implement tighter regulations to prevent an oversight like this from happening again.

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A Massachusetts native, blogger Angeline Everett grew up in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and earned a degree in casino management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After graduating, Angeline moved to Atlantic City where she joined the young team at the Borgata Casino as a compliance representative, while blogging on the side. After a few years in the back office, Angeline moved to the floor to work first at a casual poker dealer and later casual poker floor supervisor. Fascinated with games of chance since she was a child, Angeline currently divides her time between blogging and work on her first book.