Apple Suggested Facebook Remove Onavo Protect from App Store – Here’s Why

1 minute read
| Analysis

After multiple meetings between Apple and Facebook, the iPhone maker suggested the social media “voluntarily” remove its Onavo Protect app from the App Store. Facebook agreed, according to The Wall Street Journal, and here’s why.

Onavo Protect promo image, corrected

There, I fixed it for you

1.) Apple updated its App Store guidelines in June to better protect the privacy of its iPhone, iPad, and iOS users.

2.) Earlier in August, Apple informed Facebook that its Onavo Protect VPN app, which reroutes internet data through Facebook servers that also sifted through that data, violated those new guidelines. Apple also told Facebook the app violated its developer agreement that prevented developers from using data in ways irrelevant to the purpose of the app or provide advertising.

3.) The two companies met multiple times over the issue, including one meeting that took place at Apple Park, according to The Journal.

4.) Those meetings ended with Apple suggesting to Facebook that it voluntarily remove the app from the App Store. You know, before something happened to it.

5.) Facebook took the app down Wednesday. Existing Onavo products can continue to use the app on iOS, but Facebook won’t be able to update the app.

Onavo Protect App

This “free” VPN app was given away with the tagline that it would keep user data safe. Which was true, if you meant from everyone but Facebook. The social media company used data from Onavo Protect to identify trends in user behavior.

Hence violating Apple’s App Store guidelines and developer agreements.

It’s cool, though, because Android users will still be able to enjoy being Facebook products.

4
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
3 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
1 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
wab95Lee Dronickgeoduck Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
wab95
Member
wab95

This “free” VPN app was given away with the tagline that it would keep user data safe. Which was true, if you meant from everyone but Facebook. The social media company used data from Onavo Protect to identify trends in user behavior. Bryan: You’ve got a problem with this? What’s an unscrupulous, unprincipled, irresponsible surveillance capitalist to do, eh? In fact, I had this discussion with my son and one of his friends just the other day. This combined with Vanderbilt’s Professor Schmidt’s work, highlighted by Andrew Orr https://www.macobserver.com/news/iphones-more-private-android/ on Android smartphones collecting and transmitting our data to Google underscore… Read more »

geoduck
Member
geoduck

Who could possibly be stupid enough to trust a FaceBook VPN.
You’d have to be dumber than dirt.

Lee Dronick
Member
Lee Dronick

Click like and share if you are gullible 😀

Lee Dronick
Member
Lee Dronick

which reroutes internet data through Facebook servers that also sifted through that data

Coming as a surprise to no one.