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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday February 13 2018, @03:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-do-you-trust dept.

Facebook's mobile app is promoting a VPN service from a company that it acquired in 2013. The hard-to-find privacy policy and non-disclosure of Facebook's ownership are setting off alarm bells:

Facebook is now offering some mobile app users a wireless-networking app without first disclosing that it's owned by Facebook, or that it collects information for the social networking company.

The app, Onavo Protect, provides users with a virtual private network, or VPN. Typically, a VPN cloaks the user's identity and adds other security features, making it a more secure way to get online, particularly when using public Wi-Fi networks.

Yet the Onavo app also tracks data that it shares with Facebook and others, "including the applications installed on your device, your use of those applications, the websites you visit and the amount of data you use," according to its own privacy policies.

Also at TechCrunch and Gizmodo.

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday February 16 2018, @07:03AM

    by FatPhil (863) <> on Friday February 16 2018, @07:03AM (#638720) Homepage
    But a VPN was never supposed to be this.
    A VPN was for including trusted hosts onto a mutually trusted local network. Unsniffably (apart from traffic shaping.)

    These "VPN" services include none of the trust relationships. They're simply proxies, nothing more.
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