Internal Facebook Emails Published By UK Parliament Detail Use Of Its Free iOS ‘Spyware’ VPN…. Time To #DeleteFacebook

I bet that Mark Zuckerberg wishes that he had accepted that invite from the UK government among others right about now. I say that because The UK parliament has today publicly shared secret internal Facebook emails that cover a wide-range of the company’s tactics related to its free iOS VPN app that was used as spyware, recording users’ call and text message history, and much more. You might remember that the VPN app in question created all sorts of negative noise for Facebook before it was removed from the App Store earlier this year. Bloomberg has the details on this bombshell:

The documents, which had been sealed by a California court, led lawmakers to conclude that Facebook undertook deals with third party apps that continued to allow access to personal data.

Damian Collins, head of the committee, added that Facebook shut off access to data required by competing apps, conducted global surveys of the usage of mobile apps by customers possibly without their knowledge, and that a change to Facebook’s Android app policy that resulted in call and message data being recorded was deliberately made difficult for users to know about.

And…

Collins said last week that he would release the emails and that he was free under U.K. law to do so. He’d obtained the documents after compelling the founder of U.S. software company Six4Three to hand them over during a business trip to London.

The full data dump can be found here. It is very much worth your time to look at.

If it wasn’t clear before, it should be absolutely crystal clear now that when it comes to Facebook, not only are you the product, but it can’t be trusted to manage your data in a responsible manner. Thus if you really care about your privacy, you need to #DeleteFacebook and do so now. There is nothing to be gained by being on that platform any longer.

 

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