Facebook has been facing massive outrage from its users over the Cambridge Analytica controversy. The #DeleteFacebook campaign gained huge popularity and this led Facebook to come out in defense and even print full-page ads in newspapers. But problems for Facebook are far from getting over.
In a new finding it has come to light that Facebook has been collecting call logs and message data from your Android devices and that too for years. Several Twitter users posted about it that they fund call logs in the downloadable Facebook data file.
Facebook user Dylan McKay reported one such issue on Twitter:
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP fileAdvertisement
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner’s mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
According to Ars Technica to improve friend recommendation algorithm searches Facebook has been requesting access to contacts, SMS data and call history on Android users.
This all was done through the Facebook Messenger app which often prompts Android users to act as default Messaging service. Recently Facebook users are provided an opt-in feature which lets them choose if they want to opt-in for this service.
This has alarmed many Facebook users as they saw their call logs in the Facebook data. Facebook responded to this issue: