What I didn't realize - and you may not have realized this, either - is that the Facebook-owned chat app Messenger continuously syncs phone contacts unless you proactively turn it off.
Paul-Olivier Dehaye, a data protection specialist, who spearheaded the investigative efforts into the tech giant, said: "Facebook has a legal obligation to inform regulators and individuals about this data breach, and it hasn't". Kogan's app also is said to have pulled information from users' friends, as well. Which sounds kind of creepy, but the network is quick to point out that it doesn't collect the content of your calls or messages or sell this information to third parties.
Setting your Facebook posts to private is the most important and simplest step you can take towards keeping your Facebook data safe - ensure people who aren't your Friends can't see it. "This is not the case". It says it has tightened its policies on what data can end up with app developers since that data leak happened. Others are questioning whether users really understood what they were agreeing to when they opted in.
Before the vulnerability was patched in October 2017, it was collecting phone call and text message metadata as early as 2012, when the Android "Jelly Bean" OS version was introduced, according to the technology news outlet Ars Technica.
"There is absolutely no place for discrimination on Facebook", a company spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN. It is being investigated over its data-collection and privacy practices after information relating to as many as 50 million users wound up - via a third-party app - in the hands of a political research group which allegedly used it to target voters during the 2016 United States presidential election.
Mark Zuckerberg has failed to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data from millions of people. MA resident Sean Lane buys his wife a diamond ring for Christmas on Overstock.com, but Facebook ruins the surprise, an incident leading to a class-action lawsuit. The alarm bells will be ringing at Facebook because the lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of all affected users as well as asking for unspecified damages.
Shares of Facebook dropped another 4.9 percent Tuesday to close at $152.22.
While Facebook has managed to deal with the public relations bit, the team is now looking within to ensure a repeat of the Cambridge Analytica episode is avoided in the future.
Facebook users discovered the extensive data-mining effort as they downloaded information shared on the social network in preparation for deleting their accounts. Facebook must work to earn your trust. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.
The thought is nice, but the fact is Facebook has successfully engrained itself into its users' lives.
Hill: Yeah, I mean, what's amusing about it is I've definitely encountered people who are links who aren't on Facebook.