Does Google Want to Help Developers Bypass iOS9 Encryption?

Looks like another wrestling match for Google and Apple. The latest? “The Ads vs Privacy front sees Apple trying to make sure third parties can’t read or track what users are doing on their phones,” reports ITProPortal. “However, that might also mean certain ads from Google’s AdMob advertising service might stop showing on iOS 9 …   Read More

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Does Google Want to Help Developers Bypass iOS9 EncryptionLooks like another wrestling match for Google and Apple.

The latest?

“The Ads vs Privacy front sees Apple trying to make sure third parties can’t read or track what users are doing on their phones,” reports ITProPortal. “However, that might also mean certain ads from Google’s AdMob advertising service might stop showing on iOS 9 which, as you might imagine, doesn’t sit well with Google.”

The trouble, in a nutshell? Apple’s new App Transport Security (ATS) feature, to be launched alongside iOS 9 in September, will “require all content that arrives on an iPhone to use the HTTPS encryption standard.”

Google, though it supports the HTTPS protocol, doesn’t groove on this development. Apparently, the company wrote a blog post providing developers that use its AdMob advertisement service a way to bypass Apple’s encryption and continue to service ads.

“While Google remains committed to industry-wide adoption of HTTPS, there isn’t always full compliance on third party ad networks and custom creative code served via our systems,” said Tristan Emrich, of Google’s Mobile Ads Developer Relations team. “To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to HTTPS, the recommended short term fix is to add an exception that allows HTTP requests to succeed and non-secure content to load successfully.”

Google caught an earful and then issued an update.

“We wrote this because developers asked us about resources available to them for the upcoming iOS 9 release, and we wanted to outline some options. To be clear, developers should only consider disabling ATS if other approaches to comply with ATS standards are unsuccessful.”

We’ll see how the match goes and keep you updated. You can make your bets now.

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