Facebook stops controversial vpn app

Feb

22

2019

Facebook stops controversial vpn app and enters the end of the contract for Research app
Facebook stops with unpaid market research programs and the Onavo vpn app. The company also no longer accepts new users for the Facebook Research app. In the past month, the company came under fire because of its market research practices.

The Onavo app is now no longer available in the Google Play store. According to TechCrunch , who has spoken to a Facebook spokesperson, the app can still be used as vpn. This allows users to look for an alternative. However, the app immediately stops collecting data for market research.

Reported Facebook used the Onavo app to gain insight into the use of apps. Facebook presented the app as a vpn provider that could keep data safe and limit data usage. The ‘secure vpn network for personal information’ turned out to pass app usage information to the medium. For example, Facebook knew that WhatsApp processed twice as many messages per day as Messenger. That is why the social medium took over the messaging service, BuzzFeed writes .

Last summer Facebook got the Onavo app from the Apple App Store . Apple felt that the app was in conflict with the conditions of its download store, so it asked Facebook to remove the app. Since then it was only available for Android.

Facebook also stops accepting new users for the Facebook Research app. Existing market surveys continue, however. The company wants to do more paid market research in the future.

The Research app came under fire last month . In exchange for up to twenty dollars worth of gift vouchers per month, users in the United States and India aged 13 to 35 had to give up virtually their entire telephone privacy. The service picked up private messages in social media apps, sent photos and videos, internet searches and location data. Root access was required for use of the app. In 2016 the service was used for the first time. The app contained a lot of code that Onavo also had.

The app could not be downloaded from the App Store, but only via services like Applause, BetaBound and Utest. The media company claimed the app was in line with Apple’s Enterprise Certification program, which allows companies to share internal business apps. Apple did not agree with that claim and withdrew the certificate for Facebook. Since then, the app for Apple users no longer works.

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