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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Several Popular Apps Share Data With Facebook Without User Consent

Some of the most popular apps for Android smartphones, including Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and MyFitnessPal, are transmitting data to Facebook without the consent of users in a potential breach of EU regulations.

Previous research has shown how 42.55 percent of free apps on the Google Play store could share data with Facebook, making Facebook the second most prevalent third-party tracker after Google’s parent company Alphabet. In this report, Privacy International illustrates what this data sharing looks like in practice, particularly for people who do not have a Facebook account.

You can read the report in the Privacy International web site at: http://bit.ly/2VmuY7q.

As of today, I have removed Skyscanner and TripAdvisor from my Android phone. I am sure there must be other apps that secretly share data with Facebook and I will delete those also as the information becomes public. Of course, I deleted Facebook from my phone several years ago.

How much of your personal information are YOU broadcasting to Facebook?

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. How much data does “We’re Related” share between Facebook and Ancestry? When We’re Related first came out it only connected to an Ancestry account. Now We’re Related requires login to both Ancestry and Facebook.

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