Facebook shuts down its private data miner Onavo VPN app


Facebook is closing its Onavo VPN app which was silently stealing user’s data. They have also blocked its unpaid market research programs, TechCrunch reported. However, it will continue to its paid programs, as they said that they will ensure that the users understand their privacy implications. Onavo VPN app is now removed from the PlayStore but will continue to provide its service for the existing users for a short time.

Onavo VPN app was used by Facebook to collect the private data of the user who is using it. Although this VPN app claims itself as an app which restricts background data usage and also offering a Safe VPN, but the truth was that this app secretly steals some data when the user is active on this app. Onavo VPN app also noted that it will collect “Time you spend using apps, mobile and Wi-Fi data you use per app, the websites you visit, and your country, device and network type.”

In addition, this is the same app which helps Facebook to collect the data to understand the popularity of WhatsApp service. So, putting the whole research program to the end will be a great loss to the company. Actually, this Onavo VPN app came into controversy just after the removal of Onavo app from the App Store claiming it an app violating the privacy of users. And just after this forcible removal of this app, Onavo VPN app came under suspicion.  And finally, this service is ending up.

According to the statement of a Facebook Spokesperson to TechCrunch, Facebook will still continue running its Paid Research Marketing. But most probably, the company needs to find an alternate way to do so without violating any guidelines.

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Via TechCrunch

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