By Steven Nelis and Katie Paul
(Reuters) – Apple Inc. (NASDAQ) announced on Wednesday that it prevented it Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ 🙂 use a program designed to allow companies to control the use made by employees of the iPhone because it says the social network uses technology to misread the teens browsing habits.
Apple offers what are known as certificates, which allow companies to have deep control over the iPhone, with the ability to remotely install applications, control usage and access to applications, and eliminate data belonging to a company with a phone
Apple has designed a program for organizations whose staff uses the iPhone for official tasks, when privacy needs differ from phones for personal use.
TechCrunch's West TechCrunch Technology website announced on Tuesday that Facebook had paid users up to 13 years to install an application called Facebook Research.
The app used Apple's commercial tools to request permission from an iPhone user to install the so-called. a virtual private network that can monitor browsing habits.
Apple expelled Facebook from a business application program and said on Wednesday that the program is "exclusively for internal distribution of applications within an organization".
"Facebook has been using your membership to distribute a data collection application for consumers, a clear breach of your agreement with Apple," he added.
In a statement, Facebook said the key aspects of the research program were ignored and that user permissions were obtained.
"Despite the first information, there was nothing" secret "about this," the statement said on Facebook. "It was not" espionage, "because all the people who applied for participation went through a clear process of foundation in which they were asked for a license and they were paid for participation."
Facebook said that less than 5 per cent of program participants were teenagers and that they all had a family consent.
(Information by Stephen Nelis and Katie Paul in San Francisco, edited in Spanish by Javier Lopez de Lerida)
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