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Facebook's Onavo VPN is being shut down and delisted following privacy violations

almost 3 years ago by IanDorfman

Facebook is shuttering its infamous virtual private network service that collected data from its users in the background.

Six months after being delisted from the iOS App Store, Facebook's Small Onavo Protect iconOnavo Protect VPN app, notorious for its harvesting of user information, has immediately stopped its background data collection functionality and discontinuing the VPN service entirely.

Onavo has now been removed from the Small Google Play Store iconGoogle Play Store following TechCrunch's report last month about how the app collected usage data from its teenage users. For any users of the Facebook-owned and operated VPN, alternatives such as Small OpenVPN iconOpenVPN and Small Mullvad iconMullvad are available and won't harvest your information for ill-gotten gains.

Further coverage:
Ars Technica
The Verge

Onavo Protect

  • FreeProprietary
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad

With a secure, always-on VPN connection, Onavo Protect gives you peace of mind when you browse and share information on the mobile web.

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