Skip to comments.You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook
Posted on 02/23/2019 7:18:16 AM PST by PapaBear3625
Millions of smartphone users confess their most intimate secrets to apps, including when they want to work on their belly fat or the price of the house they checked out last weekend. Other apps know users body weight, blood pressure, menstrual cycles or pregnancy status.
Unbeknown to most people, in many cases that data is being shared with someone else: Facebook Inc.
The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook, according to testing done by The Wall Street Journal. The apps often send the data without any prominent or specific disclosure, the testing showed.
(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...
Increasingly, apps grab info they have no business needing, such as your location at the time you use the app.
Documents indicate that PRISM is "the number one source of raw intelligence used for NSA analytic reports", and it accounts for 91% of the NSA's internet traffic acquired under FISA section 702 authority."
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Which are the apps that do this?
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Hey, FB, I’m a single 28 year old billionaire, 6’6”, 204 lbs., tanned, a 6 pack and very large hands.
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If you go via the link currently on Drudge, you avoid the paywall.
Other apps listed in the article: "Flo Health Inc.s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker" (tells facebook about ovulation events and intent to get pregnant); realtor.com tells about houses you've expressed interest in (which also gives clues about your financial status);
Facebook provides a helpful software development kit to app developers, which as a byproduct apparently results in info being sent to Facebook.
The issue for many people is that we have no relationship with facebook and have never agreed to any tos. What right do they have to invade our privacy or accumulate data on us? When others give them their contact lists, fakebook uses that to acquire our info and then tie it to all other data they acquire. I do not give consent and have never given fakebook consent to use my info. To me this is the most abusive violation of privacy and this needs to stop.
The government is not supposed to establish huge databases on the public - fears of “big brother.” It doesn’t have to. All it has to do is search in the databases that have already been established: “credit” “bureaus”, facebook, google, twatter, and lo and behold there is everything that anyone could possibly want to know, including SSN, DOB, sex, skin color, salary, jobs, home address, etc.
We are already under the iron hand of big brother.
After reading the article, I like my old-fashioned flip phone even more. No apps for me.
Whats an app? I know, its just that I hate smart phones. :<((((
Just wait until the push us to digital money.
They won’t need an army when all they have to do is shut down your bank accounts.
Try to explain that to normal people and they will think you’re crazy.
There’s plenty other ways for that information to be gathered, so while Facebook IS evil, avoiding FB is not a panacea. I don’t use the FB app, and only view FB pages on a PC like any other web page, which doesn’t eliminate the spying either, but it minimizes it.
Yes, but if you use a real computer google etc. will also sell your data.
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