Technology Top Stories

 Facebook still recieves data directly from some major android apps

 Facebook still recieves data directly from some major android apps

            According to a new report from the London-based UK charity and watchdog group Privacy International (PI),  major android mobile apps consist of Yelp and Duolingo  send data directly to the facebook , that data could be used to personally identify user for ad tracking straight to Facebook immediately upon logging in. The  data transformation happens even if a user is logged out from Facebook on that device and even in the case when the user does not have an active Facebook account at all.

            Privacy International also found that along with Yelp and Duolingo apps ,Muslim prayer apps as well as a bible app and a job search app named Indeed, also sent similar data to Facebook that could be used to help trace users for ad when they browse the social network for fulfilling their any specific target.

The data which grabs to the facebook app is not exactly determined that is what type of data is being sent in this case.  PI’s report says this transmission may also reveal custom identifiers that help Facebook track that user across its network of services and when that person opens Facebook on a mobile device.

            In last December first revealed that big-name Android apps were similar sending data to Facebook without a user’s consent and without proper disclosure from that time Privacy International start investigation based on these report.  The “Wall Street Journal” a  revealed that these same set of developer tools that scrape data when you use a mobile app and send it to Facebook which is employed on iPhone apps, despite Apple’s much more stringent privacy rules and protections.

             The data which is send from all these major android apps to facebook comprises information like specific app from which data sent to facebook , such as a Muslim prayer app, was opened or closed,” . This will be very harmful in case of security purpose as the data  sent with a unique identifier, a user’s Google advertising ID, it would be easy to link this data into a profile and paint a fine-grained picture of someone’s interests, identities and daily routines.”

About the author

Forbes Market

Forbes Market

Leave a Comment