Google had an application, called Screenwise Meter, that monitored how users used their iPhones. It is an app similar to the one used by Facebook (which raised so much controversy that it has recently been canceled) that also rewarded users. In the case of Google, instead of cash, users were rewarded with gift cards.
“Google has canceled its own Internet usage monitoring app on iPhone due to a violation of Apple’s policies similar to Facebook’s.”
The Google app has also been canceled to determine that it violated Apple’s policies. Screenwise Meter worked using a partnership with Apple that established that it could only be used by employees of a company, something that has been breached by both Facebook and Google.
The app was part of an active program since 2012 and was intended for users over 18 years old, being able to reduce the age to 13 years if the minors were in the same house as a user over 18. In the case of Facebook, its app was especially focused for users between 13 and 25 years old.
Although Screenwise Meter was a totally optional application, the recent privacy scandals have affected everything that has to do with large technology companies collecting personal data of users, especially those related to their use of the Internet on mobile devices.