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Meta subsidiaries must pay $14m over misleading data collection disclosure

31
Jul
2023
Meta subsidiaries must pay $14m over misleading data collection disclosure

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Meta has run into yet another bout of court related issues—two subsidiaries have been ordered to pay $14 million regarding undisclosed data collection. The Australian case, which has rumbled on for the best part of two and a half years, has focused on claims related to a now discontinued Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The subsidiary Onavo, acquired in 2013 by Facebook, was supposed to be keeping the VPN a separate brand from the main flagship company. Among various privacy based claims were “peace of mind when you browse” and “keep you and your data safe online”. It was certainly popular, with more than 270,000 downloads in Australia.

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