Facebook Removing Onavo VPN From App Store After Apple Says It Violates Data Collection Policies

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    Facebook today removed VPN app Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple decided that it violates App Store data collection policies, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    Apple earlier this month told Facebook officials that the Onavo app, which serves as a virtual private network, violates June App Store rules that prevent apps from harvesting data to build advertising profiles or contact databases.

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    Facebook and Apple met last week to discuss the Onavo app, and last Thursday, Apple suggested that Facebook voluntarily remove the Onavo app, which Facebook agreed to do.

    Onavo, a free VPN, promised to "keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web," but the app's real purpose was tracking user activity across multiple different apps to learn insights about how Facebook customers use third-party apps.

    Whenever a person using Onavo opens up an app or website, traffic is redirected to Facebook's servers, which log the action in a database to allow Facebook to draw conclusions about app usage from aggregated data.

    As of earlier this year, Onavo for iOS and Android had been installed on more than 33 million devices, giving Facebook a wealth of user data. Facebook was up front about the data collection in the app's description, but the data that was being collected is now above and beyond what Apple allows.
    It appears that the Onavo app has indeed been removed from the App Store at this time. People who have previously downloaded the app will still be able to use it, but it will no longer be updated. Onavo for Android will continue to be available.

    Customers who have installed Onavo but do not want to be tracked by Facebook should uninstall the app from their iOS or Android device.

    Update: Apple provided the following statement on the removal of Onavo: We work hard to protect user privacy and data security throughout the Apple ecosystem. With the latest update to our guidelines, we made it explicitly clear that apps should not collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing and must make it clear what user data will be collected and how it will be used.

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    lol at people still using anything Facebook related.
     
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    If someone were to call FB scumbags, I don't think anyone would object.
     
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    To see Apple actually following that policy through with large Developers like Facebook is encouraging.
     
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    If you're still using Facebook at this point, it's on you. DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT!
     
  8. SDJim, Aug 22, 2018
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    This is some next-level data capture...
    "So just send us literally everything you do or say, and we'll make sure it gets there safely!"
    "Okay, cool! And it's free?"
    "Always! We simply reserve the right to open, look at, and copy all of it whenever we want."
    "Wait."
    "We also get to do whatever we want with it after we copy it."
    "No."
     
  9. cashville2400, Aug 22, 2018
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    Man, screw these companies, especially Facebook! All they want is your data, everyone is after everyone's data. Good job by Apple though.
     
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    Massive privacy violations is exactly what everyone predicted would happen when it was revealed that Facebook was making a VPN. This is just one of those no-brainers.
     
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    Thank you, Apple!

    Facebook, your Business Pages feature is invaluable to us as a small business owner, but this type of data monitoring behaviour really disgusts me! Thank you for removing the app. That was the right choice. I hope you learned from Papa Apple's guidance about how to treat your customers.
     
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    Let’s just tunnel their data right into our servers lol.
     
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    I'm not surprised coming from the traitors that gave us T45.
     
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    That's three words.
     
  17. weup togo macrumors 6502

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    All iOS/tvOS apps are cesspools of user tracking and data harvesting. If you have the ability to watch your DNS traffic, you will be astonished at the garbage Tim thinks is perfectly okay. I refuse to use any network where I don't control and block malicious DNS requests myself.

    If you don't know how, set up pi-hole. You don't need any hardware just to see for yourself. Just install it in Parallels or similar, and launch your favorite apps. iOS is only successful as a platform because of the amount of user data stolen by tracking & advertser brokers.

    That's all this vpn app from Facebook is: DNS & traffic harvesting.
     
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    "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."
     
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    Now this! This is why Tim deserves the $120 million! And, Apple all its market value.

    Not for the 2016 iteration of MacBook Pro or the 5mm thin edge iMac.

    (See my comment about his bonus!)
     
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    Shocked! Yes, shocked I am! That a company known for such honest and noble virtues. Would stoop to such nefarious skulduggery.
     
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    Actually an acronym is considered one word.
     
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    one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
     
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    Facebook has a VPN app to “protect” user privacy? That's the definition of an oxymoron.
     
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    Not just Facebook, but Instagram and WhatsApp, they own all of it! These scumbags are weaseling their way into people's lives in every way they can, far more than people realize.
     

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