Facebook does not have an unknown reputation, but at a certain level it is surprising yet when a new scandal about the social media giant breaks out – after all, how many more surprises can it do? The answer, it turns out, is many. A new report published by the campaign group Privacy International showed that 20 of 34 popular Android apps send data to Facebook without requesting permission. This echoes the findings from a previous report on health and computer programs.
In short, the apps identified in this report, which include prayer apps, MyFitnessPal, DuoLingo, Kayak, Indeed, Shazam, Skyscanner, Spotify, Trip Advisor and Yelp, send certain data to Facebook the other they open on a phone. The information contains the app's name and the user's unique ID with Google. This information is sent if the user has a Facebook account, but if they do, the information can be linked to a profile, mainly their anonymization. Considering the fact that multiple apps contribute to your profile, Facebook means creating a fairly accurate profile.
The report by Privacy International points out that a person with a Muslim prayer app, period tracking, in fact, and a child's app could be identified as likely to be a female, Muslim, job-seeking parent ̵
Some of the relevant apps.
Apart from being extremely unethical, this practice also violates the rules of Europe's new general data protection regulation, which was introduced in May. The apps in question may be on the hook for up to four percent of the revenue or $ 20 million, depending on any – but Facebook may also be in trouble. Privacy International found that Facebook's developer package did not allow you to wait for a user's permission before sending any data to at least four weeks after the introduction of GDPR. Even after the company has rolled up an upgrade early in the summer, there have still been ongoing bug reports, and it is clear from this report that many apps have not yet implemented the repair.
In response to this report, Facebook was conciliatory and noted that it is working on a "package of changes", including a new tool called "Clear History", as it says, can help to address the backlash of this current issue . Meanwhile, many of the Android apps in question do not respond to comment requests, except for Skyscanner, which said it was not aware that it was sending data to Facebook.
On the bright side, some apps are being tested by Privacy International who did not send information to Facebook at the moment they were opened – cry out to Candy Crush Saga, Opera Browser and Speedtest by Ookla. Here, more apps hope to follow their leadership in the coming year, and here also hope that Facebook manages to be a little better in 2019.