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Facebook App Banned By Apple Collected Data of 187K Users Before Removal

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A sketchy Facebook app banned by Apple earlier this year succeeded in collecting large amounts of personal data from around 187,000 users before it was pulled.

Originally named Onavo, it was later rebranded Facebook Research.

Marketed by Facebook as a free VPN service, its underlying purpose was to provide the social network with data on which websites you visited and which apps you used.

Facebook would argue that there was full disclosure to Research app users about the data the company would be getting, and users could choose to agree or not, but the fact that it was paying teenagers was the most controversial aspect.

Curated from 9to5Mac

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