Users sue Facebook for collecting call and message data

Facebook has been in a world of trouble lately due to its controversial actions. Ten days ago came the news that Facebook inadvertently gave out the personal info of 50 million of its users to research company Cambridge Analytica, which caused controversy, chaos, and gave birth to the #deletefacebook campaign. Then, on Sunday, we found out Facebook has been collecting call and message data from Messenger and Messenger Lite users on Android. 

As a result of the latter, three users will sue Facebook for violating their privacy. The suit will be on behalf of all affected users and will be inspected by a judge before turned into a class action.

So, how did Facebook get users' call and message data? Upon installing Messenger or Messenger Lite, you'll be asked if you want to sync-in your phone contacts with your Messenger ones. Apparently, if you choose to do so, you also agree to give out your message and calls data to Facebook. 

The company admits collecting message and call data, but says users had agreed and thus it is not an act violating their privacy. Also, Facebook claims it neither used or shared the data, but considering the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is kind of hard to believe that statement.

If you've suddenly felt the urge to turn off the contact-sync option of Messenger, here's how you can do it:

Android:

  1. From Messenger's Home screen, tap your profile picture (top-right corner).
  2. Tap "People"
  3. Tap "Sync Contacts" and turn it off

iOS

  1. From Messenger's Home screen, tap your profile picture (top-left corner)
  2. Tap "People"
  3. Tap "Sync Contacts" and turn it off

via: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

This is the reason I use iPhone. PRIVACY!!!

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

We're talking about Android 4.1 and older here. It's not like this happened on any recent iterations. Besides, if you use FB privacy doesn't really matter to you anyway.

3. Dmoney101685

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

U know Apple collects all your data right

9. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Dmoney101685 If they are collecting your data. Then they should've got the information about the terrorist phone! And compared that to android. Did they used the collected data from your phone for their own benefits?

5. Dmoney101685

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

U know Apple collects all your data right

6. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

On any smartphone or computer there is no such thing.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4113; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I guess you don't use a mobile data carrier or a wifi provider?

8. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Apple is just as Evil as Facebook. Hope they both fail and the execs end up in prison.

4. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Never gave permission for FB app & Messenger to access anything except Storage(bcoz memes).

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