Apple rule changes lead Facebook to withdraw Onavo Protect VPN


In 2018, changes to Apple's rules for data collection led Facebook to withdraw its Onavo Protect VPN app from the app store. The app's function was to warn users when they were visiting potentially harmful websites and protected their data when using public wifi. However, the app also collected data on the other apps installed on the device, monitoring that violates Apple's changed rules. In response to accusations that Facebook used the data to identify and acquire competitors, the company said it used the data to improve its products and services.

writer: Hannah Kuchler
publication: Financial Times


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