Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about

Many people are focused on the permissions they give Facebook when they install Facebook Messenger and are concerned that they are giving Facebook excessive access to their devices. This isn’t necessarily the case and this growing panic may be more a function of how Android permissions have to be obtained than a real privacy threatContinue reading “Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about”

Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it

Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities is Facebook’s terms of use and it governs a number of aspects of your Facebook use. Clause 10 has a set of clauses which privacy conscious users should be aware of and consider carefully: About Advertisements and Other Commercial Content Served or Enhanced by Facebook Our goal is toContinue reading “Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it”

Did your iPhone ask for permission to give away your address book?

Instapaper’s creator, Marco Arment, made a good point on his blog about permissions and your phone’s address book in the wake of the Path privacy controversy. It probably came as something of a surprise to many users that their iPhones are habitually handing over their address books to a variety of social services we useContinue reading “Did your iPhone ask for permission to give away your address book?”

Facebook wants to expose your phone number and address

Facebook took a controversial step over the weekend that has privacy advocates concerned, again. The social network is now making users’ mobile phone numbers and addresses accessible to applications as distinct categories of personal information. Alternatively, as Jeff Bowen‘s blog post on the Facebook Developer blog put it: We are now making a user’s addressContinue reading “Facebook wants to expose your phone number and address”