Is Facebook have collected data like call, text messages from Android devices ?

Is Facebook have collected data like call, text messages from Android devices ?

On 26 March, Facebook's director of product partnerships Ime Archibong made public the social network's intention to reward researchers for spotting instances of data misuse by app developers.

According to Facebook less cluttered menu is also easier to find in new Privacy Shortcuts menu. The changes come after what CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already said and the company is not expanding the information what it collects but it is making the data collection way more clear.

Following revelations of Cambridge Analytica's misuse of personal Facebook data, Edwards said his office requested the social network to release data about what information it holds about users as part of an investigation.

Meanwhile, Facebook said that it is taking additional steps which will be rolled out in coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy. "So I'm not convinced how much of that was actually really new stuff", Damian Collins, a United Kingdom lawmaker who has summoned Zuckerberg to appear in front of the British parliament, told CNBC Wednesday. Now, instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens, they're now accessible from a single place. It also cleared up old settings so it's easily distinguishable for Facebook users for what information can and can't be shared with apps.

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The company explained these changes by noting how the "last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data".

With the newest update, users will now be able to control who gets to view their post, profile information and the ads they use. This happened during Friday and the firm did not destroy the personal profile data afterwards, and it rather used the data to target the users as potential voters for the presidential election that took place in 2016.

The proposed changes include even control of advertisements that a Facebook user would like to watch, review posts shared or reacted to searches made on the social media platform. Well, now you can find, download and delete the data you no longer want on Facebook.

This effectively means that businesses advertising on Facebook will lose the ability to use data from Acxiom, Experian and other such services to narrow the group of people who might see their ads.

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They can also use political references or other influences or also can download a preview or purchase them sometimes also. The rules are created to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

Third-party data giants have sold offline data like purchasing activity and home ownership to help marketers target Facebook ads since 2013.

At the time, Facebook allowed Kogan to collect the data for academic use specifically.

"Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", Facebook said in a statement Wednesday.

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