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Facebook Data Theft

It seems that Facebook is going to be in danger again. The news of facebook breach is still on air and an organisation accused the facebook for gathering personal information from many popular apps without user’s consent.

According to an organisation known as privacy international and report by Android Police between August to December 2018, the organisation tested 34 Android apps from which 20 of them shared user data with Facebook the moment you opened the app.

Accused Apps

Some of these apps are Kayak, MyFitnessPal, TripAdvisor, Qibla, Period Tracker Clue, Indeed and My Talking Tom. The data sent includes the name of the app, the unique identification of the user with Google and the number of times the app was opened and closed since it was downloaded. 

The researchers looked at apps with built-in Facebook trackers and intercepted data as it was sent. Many of the apps are free, suggesting that they make money from data-sharing and advertising.

GDPR

European law on data-sharing changed in May with the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR and mobile apps are required to have the explicit consent of users before collecting their personal information. Fines for breaching GDPR can be up to 4 per cent of revenues or €20 million, whichever is greater.

“At least four weeks after GDPR, it wasn’t even possible to ask for consent, because of the default setting of Facebook’s SDK [software development kit. This means data is automatically shared the moment the app opens”, she said

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Several app developers have complained about the issue to Facebook since May. Filing bug reports on Facebook’s developer platform saying they were unable to comply with the law.

Facebook’s response

In response to the report, Facebook said, that users should be aware on when an app sends data and to have “control” if that data happens to be linked to them. Facebook also stressed on the fact that the Clear History feature will help. And also, that developers can turn off automatic data gathering.

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