Facebook gets Onavo vpn app from App Store




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Apple has requested Facebook to remove its vpn app Onavo Protect from the iTunes App Store. The company has responded to this. The app gives Facebook insight into which apps users have on their phone. That is according to Apple against the rules.

Onavo Protect – VPN Security can no longer be found in the download shop for iOS devices at the time of writing. The app can still be viewed in the iTunes App Store via Google ‘s cache . According to The Wall Street Journal , Apple had consultations with Facebook earlier this month and indicated that the app is in violation of the conditions of its download store. Apple would not have removed the app itself, but told Facebook to do so.

In a response to The Verge , Facebook says to follow the rules of Apple that apply to developers. With this, the company seems to confirm that it has removed the app itself. However, Facebook always states that it has been clear to users what information Onavo collects and how it is used.

The free Onavo vpn app has long been discredited, because Facebook reportedly used to map apps on users’ smartphones. As a result, the social network last year, for example, would have gained insight into the decreasing number of Snapchat users .

Although the app has been removed from the App Store by order of Apple, it is still available for Android in the Google Play Store. The privacy policy includes the fact that the app collects information, for example about the device itself. Data can then be shared with third parties.

In March of this year, Facebook company Onavo released a new app that collects information about installed apps: Bolt Lock. That app was quickly removed after being in the media and never returned, according to Facebook it was a test.


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