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Updated Facebook app for Android might be checking up on you

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Updated Facebook app for Android might be checking up on you
Some of the new permissions for the updated Facebook app on Android

Some of the new permissions for the updated Facebook app on Android

At the same time that the Facebook Home launcher was released in the Google Play Store, Facebook updated its Android app. This also resulted in new permissions requested for the app to run on an Android phone. Based on a full description on the Google Play Store, the Facebook app for Android now seeks to Retrieve Running Apps which means that by installing the app you are agreeing to allow it "to retrieve information about currently and recently running tasks. This may allow the app to discover information about which applications are used on the device."

It is interesting that the Facebook Home app says that it "requires no special permissions to run," which probably indicates that the launcher combines with the Facebook app to run. It is unknown at this point if the information is being "retrieved" only when requested by the launcher, or if the running apps data is kept every time you use the updated Facebook app on your Android phone.

The information is most likely anonymous and while there probably is nothing in it that could damage one's sterling reputation, those prone to conspiracy theories are going to be upset anyway.

source: TheNextWeb via RedmondPie

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posted on 14 Apr 2013, 11:58 8

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Geez......that's scary! O_o

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:09 2

2. ahhxd717 (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Well if facebook home works in combination with the actual app, it doesn't seem that weird to me for them to add that permission when Facebook home was launched. It's not odd that a launcher need access to app information. Well it doesn't seem like it to me.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:23 6

3. Droiddoes (unregistered)


OMFG WORST THINGEVER!!!!!!! Let's all lose our f***ing minds and write our congressman!!!!!!

Or just, y'know, don't use it if you're that freaking paranoid.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:43 1

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


There are people who don't read PA articles who will not know what they're up to. True, you should read before you dl, but I think this is a big deal. I've already delete mine, but hopefully nothing bad happens with this for others.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:29 3

4. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


People easily give out way too much information on line.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 12:47 1

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1300; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Big Brother is watching you

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 13:01 1

7. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I've said it before: the user should have the possibility to change permissions one by one (like in Blackberry); that way we can block what we consider are stupid permissions.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 14:46

11. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I think you can do it with root, but it should be like this out of the box. Maybe Key Lime Pie will come through?

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 13:48

8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1016; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I didn't notice that permission when I was reading through all the new permissions when I updated the app. I guess that I'm going to uninstall that update, or uninstall the app and reinstall the previous version i have backed up.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 14:10

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6122; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


How can u call this interesting? I call it spying & invading our privacy. Good thing i uninstalled it in time before it got the update. I dont eant fb tracking wat im doing on my phone. Now tracking your calls now thats way too creepy. Ill just go on my pc thanks.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 14:11

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6122; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


How can u call this interesting? I call it spying & invading our privacy. Good thing i uninstalled it in time before it got the update. I dont want fb tracking wat im doing on my phone. Now tracking your calls now thats way too creepy. Ill just go on my pc thanks.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 14:53

12. YaBoiDre10 (Posts: 84; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


It's a conspiracy that the government wants to spy on us..... .... right

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 15:07 2

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5368; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Guys I think someone is taking this a bit overboard, remember some android basics, Facebook home is an app launcher and as an app launcher it needs that permission to launch apps, check for example ADW and nova and next launcher, nearly every launcher need that permission... Just saying

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 16:17

15. MartianMe (unregistered)


i think the creator of fb is a former cia.....well that explains it you guys.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 18:39

16. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Good thing i didn't update my face book app on my tab 2 7.0 and xperia sola.
I have seen many negative comments about the new update so i didn't update it.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:59

17. Trex95 (Posts: 540; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Illuminati staff.

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