Facebook to Remove Data-Security App From Apple Store

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Facebook plans to pull its data-security app Onavo from the App Store after Apple complained that it violated its data collection policies, Deepa Seetharaman reports. Data from Onavo helps Facebook monitor the growth of competing social networks and has been seen as a major competitive asset:

Apple’s decision widens the schism between the two tech giants over privacy and is a blow to Facebook, which has used data gathered through the app to track rivals and scope out new product categories. The app, called Onavo Protect, has been available free download through Apple’s app store for years, with updates regularly approved by Apple’s app-review board.

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