Facebook is trying to suggest that its users download a VPN with which to obtain their browsing data . This is Onavo Protect , an application that the social network bought in 2013 , and now they have confirmed that they are beginning to suggest it to their users in the United States as an extra layer of security.
Facebook advertises the download of this app in its security section as a method to warn when you enter dangerous pages or protect your privacy in public WiFis. However, the problem is in the fine print , and it is in it they warn that, to carry out these tasks, “Onavo collects your mobile data traffic.”
At the moment, only in the United States
Facebook has confirmed that in effect it is trying to include a link to this service within its main application, although explaining that at the moment they are only doing it in the United States . It also explains that the test is only being carried out on iOS devices.
It is not the first time that Facebook tries to show Onavo in its application since it was purchased, so it is not clear if it is a specific test or if its idea is, as it has done in other occasions, to start implementing this function in a specific country and expand it little by little.