Key Android apps like Yelp, the search service, and Duolingo, the language learning platform, are still providing personal information, without user approval, for ad tracking to Facebook, regardless of the backlash the company confronted on charges of gathering information by bribing youngsters in the US and India.
Other 2 Muslim prayer applications, a bible app along with Indeed, a job search app, have also been blamed of leaking analogous information for ad targeting purposes to Facebook even when individuals don’t have a Facebook account or aren’t logged in, hints a report from Privacy International, a London-based watchdog group.
Facebook, besides ad tracking, has been gathering sensitive user information such as call histories, contact logs, real-time location details, and SMS records to enhance other features such as friend suggestions on its platform. Likewise, numerous iOS app-makers utilize a Facebook analytics tool called “custom app events” to distribute sensitive fitness, financial, and health records with the social network.
The Verge reported, “PI states it is in touch with Duolingo and the firm has concurred to suspend the exercise, but it’s not evident how many other applications in the iOS or Android network might be skirting Google and Apple ‘s data-gathering and user privacy policies to enhance ad targeting tools of Facebook.” On the other hand, Facebook asserts that it consigns all responsibility on applications to make sure that the data distributed to it has been gathered legitimately.
On a similar note, reportedly Facebook, last month, settled on to put a stop to its unpaid market research initiatives. The firm was pulled up recently over its safe login method 2FA (two-factor authentication) where it sought users to insert their phone numbers that could be explored by advertisers. This practice magnetized disapproval even from the previous chief information security officer of Facebook, Alex Stamos.