At Apple’s request, Facebook has removed its VPN mobile app Onavo Protect from Apple’s app store after the former deemed it violated its terms of service, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The app is still available for Android devices.
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Developed by Tel Aviv-based startup Onavo Mobile Ltd., acquired by Facebook in 2013, Onavo Protect provides a virtual private network service for mobile devices that promises to protect and store user data and user information, including sensitive information such as bank account information and passwords.
In an August 2017 report, The Wall Street Journal said Facebook was misusing the Onavo Protect app to monitor activity on rival social networks and to assess startups for potential acquisitions.
“We’ve always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used,” a Facebook spokesperson said in response to Calcalist’s request for comment, iterating the comment given to other media outlets. “As a developer on Apple’s platform we follow the rules they’ve put in place,” the spokesperson said in a text message sent Thursday.