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Facebook removes its VPN from the App Store after violating privacy rules

Apple is being very hard on those apps in the App Store that collect user data, and this has been demonstrated in Onavo’s withdrawal from the app store as reported by The Wall Street Journal. This application worked as a Facebook VPN that has been shown to violate the Store’s rules by collecting too much information from users.

Facebook, after receiving this attention from Apple in several meetings that have had managers from both companies during these weeks, has agreed that Facebook will “voluntarily” remove this application. According to sources close to these meetings, the talks were “cordial”, so the agreement of both parties has been reached in an atmosphere of peace.

Facebook removes its VPN from the App Store after violating privacy rules
Facebook removes its VPN from the App Store after violating privacy rules

This action comes after the inclusion of new privacy rules in the App Store policies, which specifically aims to prohibit the collection of excessive information from users. This new measure has led to Onavo being removed from the Store.

Although Facebook sold this application as a way to keep users’ data secure , the reality has been very different, as they directed this traffic to Facebook’s own servers where they analyzed user activity with the aim of having an image of “how users use their devices beyond Facebook applications”.

Apple would like to make a statement to TechCrunch stating that this measure has been taken to protect the privacy of the user remembering that Apple always tries to protect the privacy of the user as well as their personal information, making it clear that they have specified from the outset that applications cannot collect information from our device for advertising purposes.

This application will be removed from the App Store sometime before tonight. Users who already have it installed will be able to continue using it but may forget to receive any updates.

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