Australia sues Facebook over its use of Onavo to snoop

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sues the tech giant over its use, in 2016 and 2017, of the Onavo VPN app to spy on users for commercial purposes.

The ACCC accuses Facebook of false, misleading, or deceptive conduct toward thousands of Australian consumers after it had promoted the Onavo Protect app saying it would keep users personal activity data private, protected, and secret and not use it for any other purpose, rather it was being used to gather data to help Facebook’s business.

“Through Onavo Protect, Facebook was collecting and using the very detailed and valuable personal activity data of thousands of Australian consumers for its own commercial purposes, which we believe is completely contrary to the promise of protection, secrecy, and privacy that was central to Facebook’s promotion of this app,” said ACCC chair Rod Sims in a statement.

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