Facebook has been accused by the Australian commission of false, deceptive and deceptive behavior towards thousands of Australian consumers when it used the app to collect data to help its business.
Facebook promoted the Onavo app by saying: It keeps users’ personal activity data private, protected, and confidential, and you will not use it for any other purpose.
Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said: “I gathered Facebook through Onavo is extremely valuable and detailed personal activity data for thousands of Australian consumers for its business purposes.
He added: We believe that this is completely inconsistent with the promises of protection, confidentiality and privacy that were essential in Facebook’s promotion of this application.
VPNs are often used by consumers because they care about their online privacy, the Australian commission said, which is what this Facebook product claims to offer, but it actually did It funnels large amounts of personal activity data directly to Facebook.
The committee explains that this behavior deprived Australian consumers of the opportunity to make informed decisions about Facebook’s collection of their personal activity data.
She claims the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Commission Facebook and its affiliates misled Australian consumers from 1 February 2016 to October 2017 by misrepresenting the functionality of the free downloadable Onavo app.
The regulator says it is seeking to fine Facebook, while a company spokeswoman said: We were always clear about the information we collect and how it is used. When people downloaded Onavo.
She added: We have cooperated with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate this matter so far, and are reviewing the most recent filing from the committee, and continue to defend our position in response to this deposit.
Last year, Facebook announced the closure of the Onavo app – which it acquired in 2013. After the backlash regarding how he used it to intrude users
Facebook internal documents show that it used data from the Onavo app as a source of commercial intelligence to understand external apps That users were interacting with.
Data collected via Onavo revealed that WhatsApp poses a competitive threat to Facebook Messenger.
Shortly after gaining this market visibility, Facebook paid billions of dollars to acquire the competing messaging app.