They say a good salesman can sell ice to an eskimo. Well, today we found out a great marketing person can sell spyware as security software.
(paraphrasing:) "Going in, I knew I wouldn't call them Orwellian. But eventually they make you do it"
I wonder if it's be possible to make a social networking startup, optimise solely for Onavo metrics, and get bought out by Facebook.
Ah, no... that's not what a VPN is for
"The app may collect your mobile data traffic to help us recognize tactics that bad actors use"
That said, as we discuss this of HN, there will be millions out there falling prey to FB.
It sees all the apps folks are using and buys and kills the ones that look threatening.
Controlling webview means they can even see your password and all.
This is impossible within their tabless "embedded" browser. So I end up using my laptop.
Basically smartphones are there to destroy all the gains in privacy and security made on desktop browsers (such as they are)
Or even Art 5, 1c, "adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed".
Art 9, 1, "Processing of personal data revealing [anything uniquely personal] shall be prohibited." Knowing that someone is launching Grindr, for example, is a partial clue to their sexual identity. etc.etc.
Perhaps Facebook doesn't mind appearing blatantly creepy and evil, and is happy to continue to live off the unbothered and ignorant users, a la the Nigerian prince scams?
Seems to be some sort of communication strategy to show they care about privacy or something, to consumers who understand nothing about computers.