Google also has iOS app that pays users for data via vpn app




In addition to Facebook, Google also has an iOS app that users can install via an Enterprise Certificate and which collects user data via a VPN. Google is open about the data that the app collects, but it still seems to violate Apple’s policies.

The app is called Screenwise Meter , Techcrunch reports . Like the Facebook vpn app for iOS, Google does not provide the app via the App Store, but through the app’s download via a Google site. Then users have to look up the Google certificate in the settings and indicate that they trust it.

The Google app is part of the Opinion Rewards program, which allows Google to reward users for providing information. In this part of the program, households can install and run the Screenwise Meter on various devices, after which it automatically forwards the data about sites and apps that panellists use.

Google is transparent about the data it receives through the app and the app also has a button to pause the data collection. Nevertheless, Google uses a certificate to install apps outside the App Store that is only intended for employees of the company. Apple previously pulled the certificate from Facebook, so the company can no longer test apps on iOS. This happened because the iPhone maker has the policy that an Enterprise Certificate may only be used by employees of the company that holds the certificate. Googles app seems to violate those rules too. Google and Apple have not yet responded to the story.


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