In a few days, Facebook will remove its mobile Facebook VPN application, called the Onavo Project, from the App Store after Apple allegedly accused the app of violating the privacy guidelines of the official iOS store, according to a new report published by The Wall Street Journal.
Onavo Project VPN collects data on users’ behavior while online
Onavo Project was an Israeli startup that was founded with the objective of assisting users to track applications that use more data or more battery power on mobile phones, as well as to provide secure browsing across their VPN network. In 2013, Facebook took over the company, embedded the tool in its application ecosystem and transformed it into a medium for collecting information about user behavior beyond its core apps.
Facebook VPN to be removed from App Store
Complying with the Apple’s demands, Facebook is withdrawing Onavo Project VPN from the App Store, even though the social network argues that the so-called Facebook VPN has not infringed any rules.
“We have always been clear with users who download Onavo about what information is collected and how it is used. As a developer on the Apple platform, we follow the rules they have implemented,” a Facebook spokesperson stated for The Verge.
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