Facebook Collects Data From Apps Using Their SDK….Yet Another Reason To #DeleteFacebook

The reasons for you to have absolutely nothing to do with Facebook are just mounting. The latest example is a story that is currently running on Engadget:

A new report from German company Mobilsicher, an outlet dedicated to info on mobile security, has detailed some information about how certain apps share user information with Facebook, BuzzFeed News reports. The group tested the Android version of a number of apps — including Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, health-related apps like Pregnancy+ and MigraineBuddy as well as religion-focused apps such as Bible+ and Muslim Pro, among others — and it found that personal information was being collected from those apps via Facebook’s SDK. That information could include IP addresses, the app in use, the type of device and users’ unique Advertising IDs, info that’s transferred as soon as a user opens the app.

Facebook’s SDK allows developers to access Facebook Analytics and let their users log in with their Facebook credentials, and Facebook says in its policies that it can collect information through third-party apps that use its SDKs and APIs. Mobilsicher says at least some developers were under the impression that the information Facebook was collecting was anonymized, but even though users’ names aren’t attached to the data, the use of their Advertising IDs largely renders that a moot point. Mobilsicher says that as long as you’ve logged into Facebook on your mobile device at least once — whether that be via a browser or through the Facebook app — Facebook can link your Advertising ID to your profile.

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now that Facebook is slurping up as much data as it can on you so that it can make money off of you because you are the product. In a way, this is mind blowing the lengths that Facebook will go to accomplish that. It will be interesting to see how they try to explain that away. But if I were you, I would simple #DeleteFacebook and be done with it as this company is simply the lowest of the low and doesn’t deserve to exist.

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