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Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

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More trouble for Markie and his Zuckers..

 

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.

Sean Gallagher -

Ars Technica | 3/24/2018, 3:20 PM

[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has responded to this and other reports regarding the collection of call and SMS data with a blog post that denies Facebook collected call data surreptitiously, says that Facebook never sells the data, and that users are in control of the data uploaded to Facebook. The "fact check" contradicts several details Ars found in analysis of Facebook data downloads and testimony from users who provided the data. More on the Facebook response is appended to the end of the original article below.

This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years' worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received.

This experience has been shared by a number of other Facebook users who spoke with Ars, as well as independently by us—my own Facebook data archive, I found, contained call-log data for a certain Android device I used in 2015 and 2016, along with SMS and MMS message metadata.

In response to an email inquiry by Ars about this data gathering, a Facebook spokesperson replied, "The most important part of apps and services that help you make connections is to make it easy to find the people you want to connect with. So, the first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it's a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts."

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/facebook-scraped-call-text-message-data-for-years-from-android-phones/

 

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1 minute ago, counterintelligence said:

Hmm....wonder who your friends might be...let's just abuse some app permissions and find out...

Yeah, no sh*t. Who can we sell this to.. your insurance company?

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"While data collection was technically "opt-in", in both these cases the opt-in was the default installation mode for Facebook's application, not a separate notification of data collection. Facebook never explicitly revealed that the data was being collected, and it was only discovered as part of a review of the data associated with the accounts, which the users we talked to performed after the revelations about Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data."

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This is why I'm very hesitant to load apps on my phone. Even Pandora and Uber want weird stuff, like photo and camera access. 

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9 hours ago, Danno512 said:

This is why I'm very hesitant to load apps on my phone. Even Pandora and Uber want weird stuff, like photo and camera access. 

I don't even like using smart dumb phones at all. Only somewhat of a necessary evil

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20 minutes ago, BubbitoBurrito said:

I don't even like using smart dumb phones at all. Only somewhat of a necessary evil

Phones are awesome. Super convenient. Accurate map, email, camera, internet... Also big brother.. A friend needed some help working on his mother in laws property, I found the place on my phone, there was a YouTube video for just about every repair we didn't just know how to fix, and some tips and tricks for the ones we did. The only thing I kinda hate is my brains have atrophied. I can't remember anyone's number. Also the big brother being in my pocket. 

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22 hours ago, 2many secrets said:

More trouble for Markie and his Zuckers..

 

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.

Sean Gallagher -

Ars Technica | 3/24/2018, 3:20 PM

[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has responded to this and other reports regarding the collection of call and SMS data with a blog post that denies Facebook collected call data surreptitiously, says that Facebook never sells the data, and that users are in control of the data uploaded to Facebook. The "fact check" contradicts several details Ars found in analysis of Facebook data downloads and testimony from users who provided the data. More on the Facebook response is appended to the end of the original article below.

This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years' worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received.

This experience has been shared by a number of other Facebook users who spoke with Ars, as well as independently by us—my own Facebook data archive, I found, contained call-log data for a certain Android device I used in 2015 and 2016, along with SMS and MMS message metadata.

In response to an email inquiry by Ars about this data gathering, a Facebook spokesperson replied, "The most important part of apps and services that help you make connections is to make it easy to find the people you want to connect with. So, the first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it's a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts."

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/facebook-scraped-call-text-message-data-for-years-from-android-phones/

 

Not only FACESHIT.

Microsoft records the "text messages" on windows.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/603524/Windows-10-Microsoft-Key-Logger-Record-Privacy

Windows 10: Microsoft is recording EVERYTHING you type, but this is how to stop it

WINDOWS 10 is tracking and recording your every keystroke and Cortana request, sending the data it collects back to Microsoft to try and improve accuracy.

 

Now a keylogger has reportedly been discovered within the latest Microsoft operating system.

The Redmond firm included the software, which tracks every keystroke made on the Windows 10 device, to try and improve its products and services.

Voice data is also collected and analysed every time virtual assistant Cortana is used on the desktop operating system.

It was thought that Microsoft would only include the key logger within the Technical Preview versions of the operating system, so that it could use the vast data supplied by beta testers to tweak the final release.

However the slightly creepy software has now been included in the commercial version of Windows 10, PC World has confirmed.

 

I think WORD either had a "bug" recording all you type.

 

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