For about a year, Apple has begun to enforce its corporate certification policy for developers more rigorously. After Facebook and Google, today Clearview also found itself with the developer account deactivated. Here because.
According to Apple, Clearview has abused company certification policies and for this reason the account has been deactivated. Clearview has a number of important public and private clients in the United States – such as the FBI, the NBA, Macy and Walmart – to offer facial recognition services through AI.
Apple found that Clearview was asking its customers to download apps via its corporate certificate, so as not to go through the App Store.
The problem is that the Apple corporate certificate for developers should only be used for internal app distribution, not for sharing to third parties. This practice has been tolerated by Apple for several years, at least until 2019 when Facebook and Google have also ended up in the viewfinder.
Apple has now the Clearview AI developer account has been disabled and has “provided them with a notification to respond within 14 days“.