Facebook Messenger app sparks privacy concerns
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Aug 05, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Facebook Messenger app sparks privacy concerns

The app can read your phone call log, but is no different than any other app, says Facebook


Have you read the terms and conditions of Facebook’s Messenger app?

It’s very likely that few of the one billion users who have downloaded the app have actually perused the fine print that allows Facebook access to massive amounts of data.

Facebook recently made downloading the app mandatory in order to send messages on mobile devices as it removes the inbox from the main app.

Concerns over privacy began swirling this past week following media reports detailing what the app is capable of doing on Android devices. This includes:

• Calling phone numbers without your intervention and sending text messages;

• Recording audio with the microphone, and taking photos and videos with the camera, without your confirmation;

• Reading your phone’s call log.

Facebook has defended its app by saying it’s not so different than any other Android app, saying companies must ask for various permissions all at once in order for its app to function properly.

Toronto Star

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