Facebook caught harvesting

by Satanus 2 Replies latest jw friends

  • Satanus

    Most popular Android app caught harvesting users contacts: Facebook

    By Daniel Eran Dilger

    Facebook, the top-ranking free app in Google Play, has taken advantage of Android's weak platform security to collect users' phone numbers as soon as the app is installed, highlighting core differences in Apple's approach to protecting users' privacy and those of social-advertising firms like Facebook and Google.

    The news of Facebook's latest "leak" was outed by Symantec after it analyzed various Android apps using its Norton Mobile Insight tool designed to "discover malicious applications, privacy risks, and potentially intrusive behavior."

    Symantec didn't need to dig deep into Google Play to find pay dirt, but its researchers still noted that it "even surprised us when we reviewed the most popular applications exhibiting privacy leaks."

    The firm stated, "the first time you launch the Facebook application, even before logging in, your phone number will be sent over the Internet to Facebook servers. You do not need to provide your phone number, log in, initiate a specific action, or even need a Facebook account for this to happen."


    Just sayin.


  • Hortensia

    yeah. I don't care how much any of them talk about respecting privacy, they all harvest info one way or another, from the US government on down. I have no expectation of privacy online.

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    If it's very private or personal don't put it on the internet because at some point in the future it could come back and bite you.

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