Facebook pulls Onavo VPN application


Facebook is changing its data collection strategy to be more transparent and clear about what it does and why.

That's according to TechCrunch, who discovered that Facebook's dismal Onavo VPN application is being withdrawn, that its Facebook Research application is no longer accepting new users and that the company will now allow people know exactly what they are paid for. .

At the end of last month, the media discovered that Facebook was distributing, almost secretly, a VPN application called Facebook Research, based on the Onavo application. It was distributed through beta testing services such as Betabound and Applause.

Users (mostly teenagers, but people under 35 also) were receiving $ 20 a month to use it, not knowing that Facebook was collecting a ton of data about them, via the use of the application.

It appears that the data collected by Facebook included private messages in social networking applications, discussions in instant messaging applications, including photos / videos sent to third parties, emails, web searches, Web browsing and even current location information.

Now, after the outcry, Facebook is removing Onavo from the Play Store and will not accept more people for the Research application. TechCrunch think that without Onavo, he will miss Facebook a "powerful method of market research".

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