Facebook apps vacuumed up all your calls and emails from your mobile phone… FOR YEARS… why no prison for Zuckerberg?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Is the popular social media website Facebook secretly tracking the phone calls you make and keeping them in a private data log? According to evidence compiled by a man from New Zealand, this appears to be the case, and many are now asking themselves: Why is Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg not being prosecuted for these privacy crimes?

Dylan McKay discovered this covert monitoring scheme by Facebook after perusing information about himself and his contacts that Facebook had apparently stored in an archive. Based on what he was able to pull up, McKay was shocked to learn that Facebook had stored about two years’ worth of phone call metadata, or basic incoming and outgoing call information, from his Android phone – including names, phone numbers, and length of calls made.

Disturbed by what he had discovered, McKay tweeted a screenshot on his Twitter account of the call log that Facebook had compiled. He wrote below the photo that he had downloaded this data as a ZIP file from Facebook, noting that it contained his “entire call history with [his] partner’s mum.”

Once the news got out about this major data breach, many other Facebook users conducted similar experiments and found that the social media giant had been collecting call data on them, too. It appears as though the only people being victimized by this invasion of privacy by Facebook are Android users, though it’s possible that there are other devices that Facebook is capable of hacking as well.

After being alerted to the situation, Ars Technica writer Sean Gallagher performed his own independent assessment and, sure enough, he was able to pull up a similar call log from Facebook that had been pulled from his Android device. He then contacted Facebook to find out why this was occurring, to which he received the following somewhat erroneous response from a Facebook spokesperson:

The most important part of apps and services that help you make connections is to make it easy to find the people you want to connect with. So, the first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it’s a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts.

Maybe it’s time for a massive class-action lawsuit against Facebook for its egregious invasions of privacy?

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