The Apple-Facebook standoff over consumer privacy is heating up amid news the social media colossus had been tracking the iPhone habits of customers as young as 13. Apple, run by Chief Executive Tim Cook, stripped its nemesis, helmed by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, of key developer privileges it needs to test its products on the iPhone, bringing the hammer down after it was revealed the social network had been paying consumers — some of them teenagers — $20 a month to install an information-gathering app on their phones. The app granted Facebook “nearly limitless access” to the users’ device, including records of which apps were installed, location information and the contents of private messages, according to a report by TechCrunch. Apple called Facebook’s behavior a “clear breach” of the terms of a program that allows software developers to create beta versions of apps for internal testing by employees. Zuckerberg’s company, however, had been paying non-employees to download its “Facebook Research” app without Apple knowing, according to the report. By revoking developer privileges, Apple has kneecapped the social network’s ability to test its product — including Facebook, Instagram and Messenger — on any device made by the gadget giant. “Any developer… Read full this story
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