Reports: Facebook uses Android Data For A Mining Tool

If things couldn’t get worse for 1 Hacker Way

Just less than week after reports where Facebook had improperly contained critical user data to a third party app developer, a report came on Sunday night crossing social media that kept very sensitive data of personal voice calls and text messages on the Android platform, using Facebook’s flagship mobile app and Messenger app. Ars Technica reported that Facebook kept this data “for years”.

Using Facebook’s clever tactics of permissions of what an app can get on the phone, by default, Facebook was able to capture telephone logs and text messages of Facebook users of the Android platform.

Facebook responded to Ars Technica last night with a statement that is yet again a very cleverly-worded language that “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 comes on heels after media appearances last Wednesday where co-founder and CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg appeared on primetime on CNN giving a lukewarm indication for government regulation, and an apparent scripted, guarded COO Sheryl Sandberg on CNBC the following day.

The scandals around Facebook caused most of the stock market fall on the NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500 indicies last week. The futures this morning indicate a higher opening, essentially what happened on the week of the 18th, stays on the 18th mantra.



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