Legitimate privacy concerns have shaken people’s faith in the social media giant Facebook especially in the last few days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal shattered the pretty misconceptions of many Facebook users across the globe.
Now on the same day, the company bought ads in US and UK newspaper to apologize for the massive data breach, Ars Technica’s report claiming that Facebook collects phone numbers and text messages from Android devices, has once again started the privacy debate with the social media giant in the front and center.
On Sunday, the company clarified its position saying that the information is collected from only those Android users who “opt-in” to allow it. The data is apparently stored on a secure server and is used “to improve people’s experience across Facebook” as it helps the user to connect with others.
Also, the social media company doesn’t collect the content of the calls and messages of Android users. Additionally, when the user opts to turn off this feature from the settings, the company will automatically delete all previously collected call and text history shared on the app.
This feature was first introduced in 2015 on Messenger App and was later added to Facebook Lite
Now many Android users will be stunned by the revelation but it is true that in the end, we are to be blamed as it is about time we learn the lesson that if we are being offered a free service then chances are we are the product.
Facebook like many other tech companies relies on user data but did we give them permission to do so? Absolutely! But did we know what the company was up to? The answer is NO.
Google is also partly to be blamed for the collection of text and call data by Facebook
The Android’s API automatically granting apps permission to see the logs if the user gave it the permission to see their contacts. Though beginning with Jelly Bean, the OS didn’t automatically granted permission but many developers could find their way around this issue by using an older API.
The company closed this loophole in October last year but it is still quite exemplary that how Apple kept Facebook at bay and didn’t let it weasel its way into the data of its users.