Even as the Facebook data-selling row is breaking the Internet, another shocker about how data hungry the social networking app is—has just been unearthed! And guess what? This time it’s put millions of Android users in a spot of serious bother!
Having been completely shaken by the data row, many users rushed to delete their account. To ensure their memories are not lost, they wished to download the Facebook data for a keepsake. When they had a look at the archive, they were altogether stunned to see the entire call history and SMS data. So far, this data collection has been found only on Android devices. Thank God, iOS devices haven’t been affected!
Facebook Found Collecting Call History and SMS Data from Android Devices for Years
For those unfamiliar, once given a green signal, Facebook starts using an Android phone’s contact data to offer friends suggestions. And it’s Messenger app goes a lot further demanding the access to call, text message logs and other stuff.
In pre-Jelly Bean (v4.1) versions of Android, allowing Facebook the access to phone contacts used to permit the app to get call and text logs automatically. Though the later updates turned them into confidential permissions, they had no impact on the apps, which had already been exploited.
“Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years. Several Twitter users have reported finding months or years of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. A number of Facebook users have been spooked by the recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, prompting them to download all the data that Facebook stores on their account. The results have been alarming for some.” – The Verge
The long and short of the entire story is that if you opened the door of your Phone app for Facebook prior to the introduction of v4.1 on your Android device, the social networking app has been collecting your call history till now.
Alarmed by this sensational revelation, I tried to get to the root of the issue. And not so surprisingly, the social app had collected the entire call history of my phone number, which I used, on Android device. Luckily, the app didn’t have access to the data ever since I switched to iPhone.
Faced with huge flake from all corners, Facebook has tried to clarify how the data collection works and that the feature is opt-in. But the social networking giant hasn’t yet made it crystal clear why it gathers the data and what it does with it.
Another Proof why iOS is Considered To Be a Safe Bet!
This revelation brings to light yet another proof of the unmatched security and privacy that iOS offers. Though the real picture hasn’t yet come out in the open and there could be a lot more under the shield than what meets the eyes, sitting on the iOS side of the stream feels just a bit safer—at least as of now!
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