According to the Wall Street Journal, the European Union is again investigating Facebook, this time for its use of the VPN Onavo. Acquired in 2013, Facebook promoted Onavo as an additional security tool to protect your information.
However, in 2019, Facebook announced that it would end Onavo. This decision was made due to controversies associated with VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), which can allegedly be used as a tool for collecting private information.
Therefore, and considering that Facebook is already under scrutiny by the European Union due to anti-competitive practices, this will be another concern for the company that owns the largest social network in the world.
Facebook used Onavo to boost its business
Onavo VPN allowed Facebook to monitor the activity of third-party apps. This information is extremely valuable, as it allows the company to detect trends within the mobile phone ecosystem. In this way, Facebook was protecting its business and not users’ privacy.
This information was discovered in late 2018, when one of the third party companies sued Facebook for unfair treatment within the platform. Eventually, documents were discovered that confirm Facebook’s unpleasant behavior.
Onavo was used for surveys without users’ knowledge
The documents also revealed that Facebook, through Onavo, carried out surveys on the use of applications by consumers, supposedly without their knowledge. The information collected was used to strategize which companies to buy and which to treat as “threats”.
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