Facebook Knows Every Detail About You From Your Phone : Including This. ?? : WHAT THE FFFFF . . .


In the wake of facebook’s massive data breachand its crisis of credibility, thanks to Cambridge Analytica, a lot of startling revelations are coming to light.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized, but it was hardly enough. The online mood is against the social media giant, which boasts of over 2 billion users around the world, and it was underscored recently by a New Zealander’s shocking discovery.

Dylan McKay from New Zealand was looking through all the data that Facebook had collected from him — thanks to an archive that Facebook itself lets users download through their website, if they’re interested. While going through the information Facebook had stored about him, Dylan also found two years worth of incoming and outgoing call logs from his Android phone.

What was especially distressing to him was the fact that this data included names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received.

Dylan McKay’s case isn’t unique. This experience is shared and has been reported by a lot of Facebook users on Android, according to an Ars Technica report.

The data Facebook collected from its Android user base was found to have call-log data, along with SMS and MMS message metadata, usually dating back to a couple of years or even more.

You see Facebook uses a person’s phone-contacts to help recommend potential friends they may have on Facebook. Facebook Messenger on Android even explicitly requests a user’s permission to access call logs and SMS logs on Android and Facebook Lite devices.

But here’s the interesting bit: even if you or any user didn’t give that permission to Messenger, Facebook’s mobile apps still got to collect all that data, because how Android handled permissions for looking up call logs in the past.

If you had granted Facebook permission to read your contacts through its Android app a few years ago, especially on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), that permission also allowed Facebook to access your call and message logs by default. This is Android’s fault.


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