Facebook again messing with users privacy by sharing sensitive personal data with mobile carriers

Facebook is sharing your sensitive data with your cellphone companies.

The tech giant, Facebook still doesn't care about the user's privacy as the reportedly shared data includes, interests, locations and social groups.

According to the Intercept, the data shared is quite extensive.

A classified Facebook document analysed by The Intercept shows the company courts carriers, along with 100 different phone manufacturing companies in 50 countries by offering the use of even more monitoring data, pulled directly from your cellphone by Facebook itself.

Offered to a selective number of Facebook partners, the shared data involves not only about the technical information related to Facebook user's devices, cellular networks and Wi-Fi use additionally their interests, past locations, and even their ethnicity.

This information is not only extracted from the Facebook’s main iOS and Android apps, but Instagram and Messenger were also used to source data.

Some experts are particularly alarmed that Facebook has directly helped to facilitate the marketed use of data along with other Facebook information, the reason for screening clients on the premise of possible creditworthiness (for targeting advertisements).

Such use should doubtlessly run afoul of federal regulation, which tightly governs credit rating.


Facebook said it does not provide creditworthiness services and that the information it gives to cellphone providers and makers does not go beyond what it is already accumulating for its uses.

Facebook’s smartphones partnerships are particularly alarming because of the vast surveillance capabilities previously given to companies like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Just as your internet service provider is competent in observing the data that moves between your location and the wider world, mobile phone companies have this great privilege to getting information like how, when, and where you’re using your phone.

For example, AT&T says in its privacy policy that it collects and stores information about the applications you use and the websites you visit.

Moreover, Face-recognition opt-out feature is still not available for some users.

Consumer Reports has found that no longer all Facebook customers can still opt-out of facial recognition, nearly 18 months after the option was first announced.



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