So who’s ready to keep marching towards our world becoming more like 1984?
That’s right, its time for more of our privacy being invaded via our modern day technology, except the NSA isn’t doing up to no good, its Facebook.
It has come out that Facebook has been collection call records and SMS data for years off of Android devices, yet iOS, completely untouched. I’m guessing that was a new feature with the recent iPhone. Oh, wait, yeah Apple’s highly powerful privacy controls are the reason why.
The recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal snowballed into this. Facebook claims this was all done to improve their algorithm of friend recommendations on the social media site, to know the difference between business contacts and people’s actual friends. The information was mainly gotten through the messenger app.
Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone cellphone call and text I made for about a year- cool totally not creepy.
— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) March 23, 2018
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP file
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner's mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
Facebook did put out a statement as part of a blog post responding to the situation last night, which does provide more insight as to how this all works and what it all means.
Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android. This helps you find and stay connected with the people you care about, and provide you with a better experience across Facebook. People have to expressly agree to use this feature. If, at any time, they no longer wish to use this feature they can turn it off in settings, or here for Facebook Lite users, and all previously shared call and text history shared via that app is deleted. While we receive certain permissions from Android, uploading this information has always been opt-in only.
This is a little unsettling because while I am often an open book in my life, I do value some privacy for myself. Guess it’s a good thing I’m not carrying a smartphone right now after hearing this news. Now they won’t know all the takeout I order.
What do you all think of this? Do you have Android device and if so, you reconsider owning it right now? Let us know in the comments!