I Spy, No, FaceBook Spies….

I don’t know about any of you but when I read this article this morning I was a bit shocked and somewhat ticked off..It seems that FaceBook and other apps are not only intercepting our phone calls but also our text messages.. For me that goes way beyond advertising data and straight to a massive invasion of privacy.. I don’t usually post things like this on my blog but thought it helpful to anyone out there who, like myself, had no idea this was even happening.

I don’t know how many millions of people own Smart Phones but I know I am one of them.. As of this morning I no longer have FaceBook or YouTube installed on my phone and you may want to uninstall yours as well.. Read on for more information.

Facebook spies on phone users’ text messages, report says

Internet giant Facebook is accessing smartphone users’ personal text messages, an investigation revealed Sunday.
Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app and said that it was accessing the data as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
Other well-known companies accessing smartphone users’ personal data — such as text messages — include photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger, the paper said.
It claimed that some apps even allow companies to intercept phone calls — while others, such as YouTube, are capable of remotely accessing and operating users’ smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time.
Security app My Remote Lock and the app Tennis Juggling Game were among smaller companies’ apps that may intercept users’ calls, the paper said.
Emma Draper, of the Privacy International campaign group, said, “Your personal information is a precious commodity, and companies will go to great lengths to get their hands on as much of it as possible.”
More than 400,000 apps can be downloaded to Android phones, and more than 500,000 are available for iPhones — with all apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store covered by the same terms and conditions policy.
According to a YouGov poll for the newspaper, 70 percent of smartphone users rarely or never read the terms and conditions policy when they download an app.

3 thoughts on “I Spy, No, FaceBook Spies….

  1. Hi Robyn! So nice stopping by to meet you! I have perused many of your posts and enjoyed getting to know you a bit. Lovely place you have here!This facebook stuff sure is scary! Thank you for sharing!Kindly, Lorraine


  2. Jane thanks so much for stopping by!… ah yes, the Gold Girls.. I was a teenager in the 80's and I love the show then and even more now that I'm older and can actually understand all the jokes.. Those ladies will always be golden!.. Robyn


  3. Hi Robyn,Thanks for your nice comment on my blog today! Reading such wonderful comments like that are my own “little balls of sunshine”…..I read your previous post and laughed. It's my nightly ritual to watch a couple of episodes of Golden Girls so I know exactly the episode you are talking about!!I remember watching the Golden Girls in the 80's and thinking they were old women….now that I'm older I'm thinking they weren't so old after all :)Jane


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