Facebook isn't the only big web-based company collecting data on users through a VPN-based app. Google does it too, though with one big difference - Google doesn't keep its efforts a secret. Buzzfeed reported in December 2018 that Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014 was informed by data retrieved through Onavo.
In contrast to the Facebook Research app, Google said its Screenwise Meter app never asked users to let the company circumvent network encryption, meaning it is far less intrusive. That means employees can't access lunch menus, use early versions of Facebook apps, including Instagram and Messenger, or reportedly catch a bus to and from work.
As per the latest report, Facebook has been accused of stealthily paying users aged 13-35 up to $20 a month plus referral fees for permission to install "Facebook research" Virtual Private Network (VPN) on their smartphones.
When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson acknowledged the existence of this program.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has treated Facebook, in particular, as a piñata to drive home his point that it and others play fast and loose with consumer data to drive their sales. Onavo also helped Facebook get clues as to what apps to copy, desired features in apps and mistakes to avoid! The Verge received information from a source that stated the ban caused several early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps to stop working.
Facebook distributed the app to consumers through Apple's "Enterprise Developer Program".
As reports of rage and confusion hit the media, some Twitter users took a more zoomed out perspective, using the crisis as an opportunity to mock Facebook's notoriously overbearing company culture. Apple even told TechCrunch in a later statement, after pulling Facebook's certificate, that "we designed our Enterprise Developer Program exclusively for the internal distribution of apps within an organization", and that "any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked".
Apple's revocation of Facebook's Enterprise Developer Certificate came as a bit of a surprise to the public and to Facebook, who probably counted on getting just a light slap on the wrist.
That was good for the privacy of iOS users, but the past few weeks have brought new revelations about Android apps secretly sharing data with Facebook, even when users are logged out or don't even have a Facebook account. Still, Apple remains a major distributor of the Facebook app via the App Store, where the company's Instagram and Messenger are now ranked as the 5th and 9th most popular free apps. But Strafach, who dismantled the Facebook Research app on TechCrunch's behalf, told the AP that it was mostly Onavo repackaged and rebranded, as the two apps shared about 98 per cent of their code.