ThreatPost brings to attention this report by Privacy International, on how a large number of free Android apps transmit personal data to Facebook. Facebook can still track you even if you are no longer a user.
If you are curious, this is all the data the social media giants have on you. Wired goes one further and explains the importance of why legislation safeguarding personal data is important and that we are all in denial.
Oh, and if you got one of these for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union gives you a breakdown of their privacy flaws.
“The reason we focused on Facebook, and not Google or any of the other tracking companies, is because the very fact that apps – like a period tracker or an LED flashlight [app] – share data with Facebook will come as a surprise to many people. And, especially for those who have made a conscious decision not to be on Facebook,” said Frederike Kaltheuner, researcher with Privacy International, during her talk on Saturday.
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