Facebookがアンドロイドを使って個人データ収集: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年12月08日

Facebookがアンドロイドを使って個人データ収集

Facebookがやはり個人データを他の企業と共有していました。ロシアのザハロバなどもFacebookを使っていますが、あくまでも半公式な見解の宣伝道具としてです。
Facebookを使っている人は要注意。そこから個人情報が抜かれる恐れ。ツイッターも同じ。SNSは個人情報を集めるための道具です。なぜただで提供されているのか考えてみてください。無償OSのアンドロイドスマホが個人情報収集のためにあの手この手を使っていることは、前に記事に書きました。こういうものを得意げに無警戒に使っている人は、裸のサルです。

RT2018/12/5
Facebook outage sparks panic, hacking concerns across Europe
Facebook users across Europe have been logged out of their accounts and forbidden from getting back on to the social network. It wasn’t long before panic gripped netizens from Hungary to the UK.

In the last hour, popular monitoring website DownDetector has witnessed a spike in outage reports from frustrated Facebook users.

People attempting to use the site were greeted with the message: "An unexpected error occurred. Please try logging in again."

Users looking for answers quickly turned to Twitter, where the #facebookdown hashtag rapidly started trending. RT has contacted the social media giant for comment but it has yet to receive a response.

RT2018/12/5
Facebook exposed: Docs dumped by UK show FB whitelisted user data collection for cherry-picked firms

Internal Facebook documents, previously seized by Britain, confirm that the tech giant made a habit of sharing user data with other firms without user consent and tried to avoid bad publicity by obfuscating its data vacuuming.

The British Parliament on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook documents, which it took possession of amid a larger inquiry into Cambridge Analytica, a firm that used Facebook data to profile users for political purposes. MP Damian Collins, who chairs Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sports Committee, said the probe established several key issues.

RT2018/12/7
Facebook spied on Android users’ calls & texts while pretending to care about privacy
Facebook tried to conceal that it was secretly vacuuming up call and text logs from Android users without their permission, newly-released internal documents have revealed.

The hundreds of pages of documents, which were previously sealed as part of an ongoing legal case with a now-defunct app developer called Six4Three, were released yesterday by the British parliament − and they confirm once again that Facebook is more than willing to sacrifice user privacy for company growth.

Writing in an email to colleagues, Facebook engineer Micheal LeBeau acknowledged that it was a “pretty high risk thing to do from a PR perspective” but said it “appears the growth team will charge ahead and do it” anyway.

Kwon wrote in an internal email that the “growth team” was “exploring a path” where Facebook would “only request Read Call Log permission, and hold off on requesting any other permissions for now.”

“Based on their initial testing, it seems this would allow us to upgrade users without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialog at all. It would still be a breaking change, so users would have to click to upgrade, but no permissions dialog screen,” he wrote.

In actual English, that means Facebook was trying to make it as difficult as possible for users to be aware of what they were doing with personal call and text data. Publicly, however, Facebook adamantly denied it was obtaining call and text logs without user permission.

Damian Collins, the Conservative Party MP who chairs the parliamentary committee that released the documents, said Facebook was well aware that the changes to its policies on the Android system would be controversial.

“To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard of possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app,” he said.

Collins said that releasing internal Facebook emails was in the “public interest” as they raised important questions about how the company treats user data, its policies for working with app developers, and “how they exercise their dominant position in the social media market.”

Responding to a Motherboard report which called the document dump “devastating” for the company, Facebook said that the documents released this week “are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context.”

Facebook said it “always” considers “the best way to ask for a person’s permission” and that the email exchanges in question were “not a discussion about avoiding asking people for permission.”

In a meandering 623-word non-apology posted on Facebook itself, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the level of scrutiny around how Facebook operates was “healthy” and “right” when you consider the number of people around the world who use the service.

“But it’s also important that the coverage of what we do − including the explanation of these internal documents − doesn’t misrepresent our actions or motives,” he wrote.

Facebook has recently found itself under the spotlight for alleged privacy abuses. In March, a whistleblower said that Facebook had allowed Cambridge Analytica, a shady British data-mining firm, to harvest private information from millions of its users without their consent.
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