Australian market regulator ACCC has filed a lawsuit against Facebook. The indictment, released Wednesday, says that Facebook has tricked its users through its free security app Onavo Protect.
The ACCC says Facebook misled Australian users between February 1, 2016 and October 2017. “The Onavo Protect app would anonymize and protect users’ personal information as described. The data would not be used for anything other than Onavo Protect products. In reality, the app gathered a lot of information from users that Facebook could monetize. “
For example, Facebook collected people’s surfing behavior via the app, says the authority. It also kept track of which apps were opened and how long users used those apps every day.
The ACCC says this goes against the promise Facebook made with the app. The regulator wants to punish and enforce compensation through a lawsuit.
In response to TechCrunch let Facebook know that it has always been clear about what data was collected and how the information was used. “We cooperated in the ACCC’s investigation.
Last year, Facebook announced it would stop using Onavo Protect due to criticism. The company acquired the VPN app in 2013. In 2018, the use of the app was already discouraged by the Dutch Consumers’ Association because of violations of privacy.