As is well known and the topic of the day in the global media, Facebook is involved in a proper scandal. Meanwhile, even up to 87 millions of members worldwide are said to be affected by the unlawful transfer of data to analysis companies. Now you might think Facebook would think so. But no, the corporation is really good at making up new, even more sophisticated ways to suck your data. We tell you what's up!
Facebook already has a disturbing amount of access and still collects data and holes - every interaction, every photo, etc. But under the guise of security and privacy, the company now pushes apps and features that perfectly subvert their actual purpose of protection. Here are 3 novelties that are supposed to protect you according to Facebook, but actually collect more data from you.
1. The Facebook app Onavo even collected your data when you're NOT on Facebook
In February, Facebook users were confronted with a new menu item called Protect, which led directly to the Onova app. The app promises to "back up your data when you surf the web and share information" by securing your internet connection. In fact, if you use Onova, all of your data and usage behavior goes directly to Onova and ultimately to Facebook. If one looks at the associated data protection conditions, a gloomy picture emerges:
"We are permitted to use the information we receive to provide, analyze, improve and develop new and innovative services for users, affiliates and third parties.
"We are permitted to share personal information with third parties and affiliates."
Among the affiliates mentioned is of course Facebook, "but not exclusive", but also more.
One month later, Onavo released another app called Bolt App Lock. This allows you to add security measures such as PIN codes and fingerprint identification to your apps. But of course you send in Download and use of this app inevitably your user data and network info to Facebook, as well as "Protect". For example, Facebook can use it to find out what pulls you away from Facebook and its products to Instagram and WhatsApp.
After a huge commotion over the extreme additional data extraction by Onavo for Facebook, the App Store took the Bolt App Lock back from the program a few days after its release.
2. Facebook Face Detection could have added you without your knowledge
In March, Facebook users were informed in their news feed about the enhanced face recognition software that identifies them on all photos. The software also promises to protect against the misuse of your photos by strangers and helps people with visual impairments to recognize people in photos. Facebook sent two types of info: one said you can sign up; the other said that you are already registered and you can unsubscribe on request.
However, under the guise of greater security, Facebook has alarmingly sophisticated biometric capabilities: Previously, it scanned photos of friends to see if they were included. Now Facebook scans EVERY SINGLE photo for you posted! The software determines human faces with an accuracy of 98% and identifies one person among 800 millions others within 5 seconds. No wonder that there are great concerns about what Facebook is actually planning to do with these biometric data.
Thankfully, some groups fight Facebook for this power. At the moment there is a recent legal dispute in Illinois. If the group wailing here wins, that could mean restrictions on Facebook's biometric data collection.
3. Facebook uses 2FA to send you text messages
Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is a security measure that can make perfect sense in protecting your accounts. However, Facebook has gone one step too far by using 2FA to spam its users with text messages. This has annoyed some users so much that they have partially turned off their entire 2FA measures - which of course reduces overall security. So if you do not want to share your phone number with Facebook, but still want to increase your Facebook security, you can use your code generator or a security key.
You want to know what Facebook knows about you? No problem!
Despite everything, you are a Facebook fan and you really want to delete it (not yet). To see what Facebook knows about you, you can easily archive all your interactions on Facebook downloads. Just follow the explanation on the Facebook page ("How can I download a copy of my Facebook data?") And you will receive an info as soon as the archiving of your data has been completed.
In this archive you will find all your interaction with Facebook since your registration, including:
- all communication with Fre
- unden (and friends) all your photo metadataLog-in
- and sessions data points
- Hundreds of photos used for facial recognition
- your contact list
Just the size of the archive will certainly make you think twice about how you interact with the social network.
Beyond your personal privacy (which of course is particularly important to you), we should all be concerned about Facebook's unrestrained, insatiable data collection tactics. Namely, when it comes to the misuse of this data. As the Cambridge Analytica data scandal has shown, these data can massively (and in a most worrying way) affect (world) happenings.
As harmless as your personal Facebook usage may be - from uploading photos to keeping in touch with friends: it's more than obvious that Facebook does not use your data at all harmlessly ...
Interesting tweet also from the Austrian Max Schrems: