Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Popular Android apps keep sending your data to Facebook without consent

Popular Android apps keep sending your data to Facebook without consent

We also found that some apps routinely send Facebook data that is incredibly detailed and sometimes sensitive. This happened even if a user didn't have a Facebook account or wasn't logged into one. If combined, data from different apps can paint a fine-grained and intimate picture of people's activities, interests, behaviors and routines, some of which can reveal special category data, including information about people's health or religion. For instance, Kayak, which is a travel search engine, was found to be sending flight and destination search data, travel dates and even information on whether or not a user is bringing kids along to a flight.

For example, a person who has installed the following applications that we have tried, Qibla Connect (a Muslim prayer application), Period Tracker Clue (a period tracker), Indeed (a job search application), My Talking Tom (an application for children), could be outlined as probable woman, probably Muslim, probable job applicant, probable mother.

When app developers complained about the problem to Facebook, the company said that an SDK update would fix the issue, but many popular apps are not using it.

Just before the end of the year, Google wrote an email to Privacy International stating that if a user disables "ads personalization" in the device Advertising ID settings, the advertising identifier can not be used to create user profiles for advertising purposes. Other apps tested include Duolingo, Kayak, Shazam, Spotify, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and more. This data is sent regardless of whether or not a user is logged in or even has a Facebook account. Overall, the investigation revealed that 42.55 percent of the apps on the Google Play store could be shared with Facebook (according to measurements by third-party trackers across web and mobile).

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This is in violation with privacy guidelines in several places, including Europe where the European Union data protection, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect on May 25, 2018.

Some of those apps send detailed information to the social network that might be considered sensitive. Researchers found that Android users with apps using Facebook Business Tools share data through the Facebook Software Development Kit.

"Prior to our introduction of the "delay" option, developers had the ability to disable transmission of automatic event logging data, except for a signal that the SDK had been initialized.", Facebook told Privacy International in an emailed statement, "Following the June change to our SDK, we also removed the signal that the SDK was initialized for developers that disabled automatic event logging". Here's hoping more apps will follow their lead in the year ahead, and here's also hoping that Facebook can manage to be just a little bit better in 2019.

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