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Breaking Facebook was collecting personal data via app


31 Jan 2017
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Facebook was gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata for years via its android app

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.

Android's permissions system used to be more permissive than it should have been. Facebook was taking advantage of that little loophole to harvest call and SMS data.

This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years' worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received.

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]
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