Updated Facebook app for Android might be checking up on you

Updated Facebook app for Android might be checking up on you
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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14 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

2. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

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.

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

People easily give out way too much information on line.

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Big Brother is watching you

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

12. YaBoiDre10

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

15. MartianMe unregistered

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

16. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 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.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

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