Google disables iPhone app that studied users' digital habits

Following a similar move by social media network Facebook

Reuters January 31, 2019
A chef walks past an Apple store in Beijing, China January 7, 2019. PHOTO: EURTERS

Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday it disabled an iPhone app that it had paid some users to install to study their digital habits, following a similar move late on Tuesday by social media network Facebook.

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Google and Facebook had faced criticism from privacy experts for distributing their research apps through a program iPhone maker Apple had created for companies to distribute apps to employees.

“The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program — this was a mistake, and we apologize,” Google said in a statement.

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Apple did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

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