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Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices

iOS devices appear to be unaffected

By Tom Warren Mar 25, 2018, 8:00am EDT


Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years. Several Twitter users have reported finding months or years of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. A number of Facebook users have been spooked by the recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, prompting them to download all the data that Facebook stores on their account. The results have been alarming for some.

“Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone cellphone call and text I made for about a year,” says ‏Twitter user Mat Johnson. Another, Dylan McKay, says “somehow it has my entire call history with my partner’s mum.” Others have found a similar pattern where it appears close contacts, like family members, are the only ones tracked in Facebook’s call records.

Ars Technica reports that Facebook has been requesting access to contacts, SMS data, and call history on Android devices to improve its friend recommendation algorithm and distinguish between business contacts and your true personal friendships. Facebook appears to be gathering this data through its Messenger application, which often prompts Android users to take over as the default SMS client. Facebook has recently been offering a prompt to “continuously upload” contact data, including call and text history, but it’s not clear when this prompt started appearing in relation to the historical data gathering.

While the recent prompts make it clear, Ars Technica points out the troubling aspect that Facebook has been doing this for years, during a time when Android permissions were a lot less strict. Google changed Android permissions to make them more clear and granular, but developers could bypass this and continue accessing call and SMS data until Google deprecated the old Android API in October.

Facebook has responded to the findings, but the company appears to suggest it’s normal for apps to access your phone call history when you upload contacts to social apps. “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,” says a Facebook spokesperson, in response to a query from Ars Technica. “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.”

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Facebook may need to answer some additional questions on this data collection, especially around when it started and whether Android users truly understood what data they were allowing Facebook to collect when they agreed to enable phone and SMS access in an Android permissions prompt.

The data collection revelations come in the same week Facebook has been dealing with the fall out from Cambridge Analytica obtaining personal information from up to 50 million Facebook users. Facebook has altered its privacy controls in recent years to prevent such an event occurring again, but the company is facing a backlash of criticism over the inadequate privacy controls that allowed this to happen. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also been summoned to explain how data was taken without users’ consent to a UK Parliamentary committee.

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I sold my FB stock months ago. You could see the problems coming. From what I'm seeing young folks are using Instagram and Snapchat instead of FB.
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Facebook owns Instagram.

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Facebook owns Instagram.

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I don't think they're making money yet. Maybe that's the reason. I took a pass on buying their stock as well as Snapchat's.
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Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices



Ummmmmmmmmm, what? I bought an Android specifically to avoid APPLE getting all of my information. *sigh*

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'They Don't Care': Whistleblower Says Cambridge Analytica Aims To Undermine Democracy

March 27, 20183:30 PM ET

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The Facebook scandal over misuse of user information has reached a Canadian data analytics company. And a whistleblower says he believes the firm, which has ties to the Trump presidential campaign, may have swayed the U.K.'s 2016 Brexit vote.

Christopher Wylie, who worked at Cambridge Analytica and has brought forward accusations about how the company allegedly misused data from as many as 50 million Facebook users, told a committee in the U.K. Parliament that a Canadian firm allegedly linked to Cambridge Analytica developed the software that the Trump campaign used to target voters in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Wylie said he began to realize the impact of the company's work when Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and shortly after Trump's inauguration, he reached out to a reporter at The Guardian, initially as an anonymous source.

It was then that he "came to appreciate that the projects I was working on may have had a much wider impact than I initially anticipated it would," Wylie said, adding, "Donald Trump makes it click in your head that this has a much wider impact. I don't think that military-style information operations is conducive for any democratic process."

Wylie also alleges Aggregate IQ broke U.K. laws on spending limits to sway the country's 2016 referendum that set Brexit, the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, into motion.

"I think it is completely reasonable to say that there could have been a different outcome in the referendum had there not been, in my view, cheating," Wylie told lawmakers.

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Wylie portrayed Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as totally without qualms about breaking laws and undermining democracies around the world.

"They don't care whether or not what they do is legal as long as it gets the job done," he said. "Broadly, this is a company that goes around the world and undermines civil institutions of countries that are struggling to develop those institutions. ... They are an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like."

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My computer has been slower than molasses the past few days. Tonight I killed all the cookies, ran the defrag program, and ran the malware scan. I eliminated 18 malware finds. Nothing else turned up anything.

What the hell is causing this slowdown?

(I hate technology.)

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What ever happened with that net neutrality bill? Did it go through? I've forgotten....

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What ever happened with that net neutrality bill? Did it go through? I've forgotten....



I don't know, and I was wondering the same thing. All is well today, so far.

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That's good. Maybe it was a...."glitch." Or a squirrel.

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Net neutrality was passed by the FCC with their new head who used to represent Verizon. It has to pass something like 90 days before it can go into effect and I think there is litigation that is ongoing. There should be.

I'm [sign in to see URL]'re doing away with NN, or trying to.
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Net neutrality was passed by the FCC with their new head who used to represent Verizon. It has to pass something like 90 days before it can go into effect and I think there is litigation that is ongoing. There should be.

I'm [sign in to see URL]'re doing away with NN, or trying to.



When you say "Net neutrality was passed..." I assume you mean the gutting of net neutrality was passed.

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That's where I thought I made it clear that they were ditching it.
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Yes, you did. I'm just nit-picking, as usual. emoticon

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Yes, you did. I'm just nit-picking, as usual. emoticon



Have some chardonnay at the RR.
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Good idea, Cooter!

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Doh! And it wasn't a bill.... See how careless I am? I think I'll shuffle over to the Rumpus Room, as well....

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Hackers once stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

Oscar Williams-Grut | Apr. 15, 2018, 3:08 AM

    *The CEO of the cybersecurity firm Darktrace says hackers are increasingly targeting unprotected "internet of things" devices, such as air-conditioning systems and CCTV, to get into corporate networks.
    *She told the WSJ CEO Council Conference that in one incident, a casino was hacked through the thermometer in its lobby aquarium.
    *A former director of the UK's Government Communications Headquarters also called for laws outlining minimum security standards for internet-of-things devices.

LONDON — Hackers are increasingly targeting "internet of things" devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm.

The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to include everything from household appliances to widgets in power plants.

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of Darktrace, told the WSJ CEO Council Conference in London on Thursday: "There's a lot of internet-of-things devices, everything from thermostats, refrigeration systems, HVAC systems, to people who bring in their Alexa devices into the offices. There's just a lot of IoT. It expands the attack surface, and most of this isn't covered by traditional defenses."

Eagan gave one memorable anecdote about a case Darktrace worked on in which a casino was hacked via a thermometer in an aquarium in the lobby.

"The attackers used that to get a foothold in the network," she said. "They then found the high-roller database and then pulled that back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Robert Hannigan, who ran the British government's digital-spying agency, Government Communications Headquarters, from 2014 to 2017, appeared alongside Eagan on the panel and agreed that hackers' targeting of internet-of-things devices was a growing problem for companies.

"With the internet of things producing thousands of new devices shoved onto the internet over the next few years, that's going to be an increasing problem," Hannigan said. "I saw a bank that had been hacked through its CCTV cameras, because these devices are bought purely on cost."

He called for regulation to mandate safety standards.

"It's probably one area where there'll likely need to be regulation for minimum security standards, because the market isn't going to correct itself," he said. "The problem is these devices still work — the fish tank or the CCTV camera still work."

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Cambridge Analytica shutting down in wake of Facebook data crisis

Mike Snider, USA TODAY Published 2:41 p.m. ET May 2, 2018 | Updated 3:07 p.m. ET May 2, 2018

Cambridge Analytica, the political ad marketing firm that worked for President Trump and was involved in the misappropriation of 87 million Facebook users' data is closing its offices.

Cambridge Analytica announced that bankruptcy proceedings will begin in the U.S., as well as insolvency proceedings in the U.K, where the firm has an office and where its parent company The SCL Group is based, the company announced Wednesday.

“Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company’s efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas,” the company said in a statement.

Cambridge Analytica maintained "unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully," the company said Wednesday, but "the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the Company’s customers and suppliers."

That led to the decision to file for bankruptcy, the company says. "Despite the Company’s precarious financial condition, Cambridge Analytica intends to fully meet its obligations to its employees, including with respect to notice periods, severance terms, and redundancy entitlements," it said.

Cambridge Analytica, with offices in New York, Washington and London, has said it has 107 full-time employees. Most of the employees work in its central London headquarters.

The company decided to shut down because it was losing clients and had growing legal fees from the Facebook investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Cambridge Analytica was shutting down effective Wednesday and employees have been told to turn in their computers, the Journal reported before the company released its statement.

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended in March after a series of TV broadcasts showed him making controversial statements about his firm's work on elections, including how Cambridge Analytica played a major role in Trump's presidential victory.

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Cambridge Analytica was shutting down effective Wednesday and employees have been told to turn in their computers, the Journal reported before the company released its statement.


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I wonder who/what organization will get control of those computers?
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