Facebook has pulled its own application for the Onavo Protect VPN from the Google Play store and is reported to stop consuming data from users who still have an app on their devices.
Facebook will immediately stop pulling data from users [Onavo] to market research, although in the short term it will continue to operate as a virtual private network to allow users to find a replacement, TechCrunch reported yesterday.
The Onavo site on Facebook is all still exists, but links to Android and iOS apps are broken. Facebook has pulled an app from the iPhone and the iPad App Store in August 201
The press secretary of Facebook confirmed that Onavo has stopped at TechCrunch, telling the news site that it "translates our focus into
The archive version of the Google Play page on Onavo says that the program collects information, such as applications installed on phones users, time spent on the use of programs, the amount of data for mobile devices and Wi-Fi used for each application, visited websites, country type, device and network of each user.
Facebook stops a suite for the "Research" program.
In addition, Facebook stopped at Apple has previously suspended Facebook to distribute the app for iOS users, but it remains available on Android. "Existing research on Facebook applications will continue to work," although Facebook will not be able to recruit more users by writing TechCrunch.  TechCrunch has previously detailed an application for research on Facebook in the investigation "Facebook pays for teens to install a VPN
Since 2016, the Facebook Research app for iOS and Android has offered users $ 20 a month for gift x maps in exchange for personal data. On iOS, the app was distributed outside of the Apple App Store, using a corporate application designed to internally distribute applications for company employees. Last month, Apple abolished the developer's certificate for corporate Facebook developers to prevent such circumvention by stating that corporate certificates could not be used to distribute consumer programs. Later, this certificate was restored, presumably after Facebook agreed to use it only for its intended purpose.
The Facebook Research Application "asked users to get root access to any data on their phones and allowed Facebook to track their browsing history, message content, application usage habits, and location data," we wrote then. "She even had a the ability to allow Facebook to decrypt encrypted network traffic on user devices. "
We were contacting Facebook today and asked how long the existing research on the Facebook research program would continue to work on Android devices, and whether oud she continue to store and use data collected Onavo. We update this story when we get a response.