Facebook Is Spying On Your App Usage

Facebook and Privacy. Two things that are never found in the same place. How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook – Report.

  • We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.
  • Typically, the data that is automatically transmitted first is events data that communicates to Facebook that the Facebook SDK has been initialized by transmitting data such as “App installed” and “SDK Initialized”. This data reveals the fact that a user is using a specific app, every single time that user opens an app.

Even if you aren’t logged into Facebook. So they are spying on everyone, even those of us who don’t use Facebook. Exactly where is it than I can opt out that? Nowhere. They Hate Privacy. F*c*book.

A prime example is the travel search and price comparison app “KAYAK”, which sends detailed information about people’s flight searches to Facebook, including: departure city, departure airport, departure date, arrival city, arrival airport, arrival date, number of tickets (including number of children), class of tickets (economy, business or first class).

That is a lot of data to be sending to Facebook, for something that it isn’t clear Facebook should know, even if you use Facebook, and are logged in.

Without any further transparency from Facebook, it is impossible to know for certain, how the data that we have described in this report is being used. This is particularity the case since Facebook has been less than transparent about the ways in which it uses data of non-Facebook users in the past.

If you follow this link, you can see ther results of their evaluation for that app. I may uninstall a few I have. (Hat Tip to Small Dead Animals.)