Sorry about that, you are going to have to post your smartphone usage stats to Facebook manually now
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2019 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: facebook, Onavo Protect, vpn, apple, Android, dirty pool
You may remember news back in the summer of 2018 about Facebook's Onavo Protect VPN, when it was pulled from the Apple store due to the fact it collected an impressive array of information and sent it home to Ryan's clone. It had been available since 2013 and it took five years of this behaviour before Apple finally pulled it. If you were still desperate to overshare your phone habits with Facebook then Google was happy to help you out, until today that is. While the VPN is still available on the Play Store, Ars Technica has been assured it no longer collects usage data to send back to Facebook; though one should probably go cold turkey just in case.
There are a number of Facebook employees that suggest these moves from Facebook are not indicative of a change of heart from the company, merely a move to try to save ...
"Facebook "will immediately cease pulling in data from [Onavo] users for market research though it will continue operating as a Virtual Private Network in the short term to allow users to find a replacement," TechCrunch reported yesterday."
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