Facebook owned Onavo security app faces Apple app store axe due to violation of guidelines

Published on: Aug 23, 2018 12:14 IST
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Facebook's Onavo security app faces Apple app store axe due to violation of guidelines

The Facebook-owned Onavo security application has been removed from Apple’s App Store, primarily due to the app’s violation of Apple’s security guidelines. It had been reported at first that the Social Media giant would be pulling off a Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) app named Onavo from Apple’s App Store. But later reports stated that it was, in fact, Apple, who asked Facebook to remove the app as it violated the Cupertino-based company’s privacy norms. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook had bought Onavo back in 2013. It was then an Israeli startup that dealt with analytics and allowed users to monitor their data usage.

"With the latest update to our guidelines, we made it explicitly clear that apps should not collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing," an Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying. "We've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used," a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge. "As a developer on Apple's platform, we follow the rules they've put in place," Facebook added.

Onavo allows its users to access a VPN, helping them browse the Internet and download apps with added privacy. Facebook had itself removed as many as 652 fake accounts originating in Russia and Iran, reasoning that they were showing “co-ordinated inauthentic behavior”. These accounts were targeting Internet users in the Middle East, Latin America, Britain, and the US.

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