9to5mac reports – Sensitive internal Facebook emails published by UK parliament detail use of its free iOS ‘spyware’ VPN and more.
The full document includes hundreds of pages of emails and data. A summary includes six main “key issues” from the documents.
- White lists
- Value of friends data
- Targeting competitor apps
Onavo was an interesting effort from Facebook. It posed as a free VPN service/app labeled as Facebook’s “Protect” feature, but was more or less spyware designed to collect data from users that Facebook could leverage. Apple pulled the app six months after it landed on the App Store.
Facebook used Onavo to watch which apps users were using on their phones then records and transmit data back to Facebook. The data included what apps were used, how often, where you used them, when you used them, which websites you visited and what data was sent including text messages. Exactly the same details people look to secure from observation when they choose and use VPN’s.
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