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Facebook: Accused of misleading VPN service promotion

Η Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) it has started legal proceedings against Facebook and two affiliates in the Federal Court of Australia, blaming them Companies for "false and misleading behavior" when promoting the Onavo Protect VPN application.

"The ACCC claims that, from February 1, 2016 to October 2017, Facebook and its affiliates, Facebook Israel Ltd and Onavo, Inc., misled Australian consumers by stating that application Onavo Protect would keep their activity data users privately protected and confidential and that the data would not be used for any purpose other than the provision of Onavo Protect productsThe ACCC said on Wednesday.

However, according to the Commission, Facebook collected and used "significant amounts" data users for commercial benefit.

"This data included details of the user activity (of Onavo Protect) on the Internet and the application", Said the ACCC.

The Commission also presented some Facebook ads that said that data these would be kept "secret" and "safe".

"Consumers often use VPN services because they are interested in their internet privacy, and it claims to offer this Facebook product. In reality, however, Onavo Protect injects significant volumes data back to FacebookSaid ACCC President Rod Sims.

"We believe that this behavior has deprived Australian consumers of the opportunity to make the right choice regarding the collection and use of data their".

The commission said it was seeking fines.

Facebook bought Onavo in 2013 and is therefore promoting the Onavo Protect VPN.

Facebook has been facing a number of issues lately. Last week, The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a team of prosecutors have filed lawsuits against Facebook.

The FTC said in its lawsuit that Facebook initially tried to compete with Instagram, improving his own offers, but eventually chose to buy it to neutralize the immediate threat which created and made more difficult the rise of another social networking platform.

The lawsuits also allege that companies that rejected Facebook offers to buy or those that were threatening were cut off from key data of the platform.

"For almost a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and eliminate competition, all to the detriment of everyday usersNew York Attorney General Letitia James said.

"Almost every state in this nation has been involved in this lawsuit because Facebook's attempts to dominate the market were both illegal and harmful.", He added.

Source: ZDNet

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