Facebook Logging Text and Calls On Android
Facebook has admitted it logs calls and text history for some of its Android users who have installed Messenger or Facebook Lite.
This admission comes after Twitter users saw the apps were logging data on Android phones, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In a post the social media site says this is an ‘opt-in’ feature for both apps and at anytime the user can opt out of this function.
Facebook explains, “When you sign up for Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android, or log into Messenger on an Android device, you are given the option to continuously upload your contacts as well as your call and text history. For Messenger, you can either turn it on, choose ‘learn more’ or ‘not now’. On Facebook Lite, the options are to turn it on or ‘skip’. If you chose to turn this feature on, we will begin to continuously log this information, which can be downloaded at any time using the Download Your Information tool.”
It continues, “We never sell this data, and this feature does not collect the content of your text messages or calls… You are always in control of the information you share with Facebook.”
With the company embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica saga and many users campaigning for everyone to #DeleteFacebook it seems as if the company is doing all it can to be honest about what it does with user’s data.
The company is still facing backlash after it has been hit with four separate lawsuits over the past week due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
According to SFGate, three of the lawsuits have been filed by shareholders and the other by a user.
The Turnbull government is looking to put restrictions on Facebook after the data breach which will limit the market power of the company and similar operations.