Facebook collected phone and sms data from Android phones2018-03-26 08:09 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Android
Facebook has been hit with a new scandal after users found the tech giant collected phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. It turns out that Facebook has been saving complete data on the phone user's personal calls made and received. The data includes the details of the number called and the duration of each call and this goes back several months and years.
Facebook has responded to these allegations with a blog post that denies collecting call data surreptitiously. The company also writes that it never sells the data and that users are in control of the data uploaded to Facebook.
"Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger. While we receive certain permissions from Android, uploading this information has always been opt-in only," the world's largest social media network said. "If, at any point, you no longer wish to continuously upload this information, you can easily turn this feature off in your settings. You can also turn off continuous call and text history logging while keeping contact uploading enabled."
To turn the feature off (and make Facebook delete your data), go the Messenger app on Android, then tap your profile picture. Then select 'People', then 'Sync Contacts' – and turn it off.
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