Apple’s enterprise program is vested by porn and gambling apps

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Barely two weeks after Apple reported of unauthorized bypass program launched by both Google and Facebook on the Apple app store; some other age-sensitive apps are also found guilty of a similar offense

In one of Apple’s latest post, the tech giant announces that its enterprise program has been vested by some pornographic and real-money gambling sites, the company further attested that apps found guilty must have used a similar means like Facebook and Google who were the first duo to be caught in the act. The guilty companies are said to have sneakily imported their various apps on the iPhone outside of the app store, using the same tool that Apple busted Facebook and Google for inappropriately using last month.

While the count is still ongoing, Apple filter out about two dozens of apps that were found guilty,  and while that seem like a success on the tech giant’s part, it might have cost them so much between the period of been vested.  Also, there’s no indication that these apps inappropriately collected data on users, but they clearly violated Apple’s enterprise program rules, which only allow distribution to employees of the company they’re being issued by. When a source uncovered last month that Facebook and Google used those programs to distribute apps externally, both companies had their ability to use all of their enterprise apps temporarily shut down.

At this point, it’s clear there’s an issue with how Apple oversees its enterprise app program. While it’s a necessary service, companies need ways to distribute internal tools and more powerful apps, without going through the App Store — these violations from companies big and small suggest there’s not enough oversight on how it’s being used. That could be a problem if a bad actor were using it to install apps that closely monitored a user in ways that are otherwise banned.

While Apple has been hunting several of the apps responsible for unlawful bypass, it said in a statement that developers who abuse the program will have their ability to distribute apps terminated; they may also be cut off from the program permanently. “We are continuously evaluating the cases of misuse and are prepared to take immediate action,” Apple said.

That been said, it is normal to believe that some apps owner have little or no regards for the platform’s policy as their main agenda is a crime, hence, Apple can only keep filtering them in most cases.

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