other words, you don’t need to have a Facebook account in order to have
your data mined by Mark Zuckerberg’s company.
app, which comes pre-installed on many Android phones, collects and
transmits data itself. What’s more, according toThe
Register, it is impossible to turn off background data or
uninstall Facebook’s app.
don’t have, and have never had, a Facebook account,”The
Register‘s tipster, who wished to remain anonymous, said. Still,
the fact that he has never had a Facebook account, doesn’t seem to have
stopped the social network from mining his data.
Facebook app, a pre-installed system app that cannot be removed,
transmits “mysterious information in the background back to Facebook’s
Register‘s tipster has, he said, tried turning off background
data, repeatedly, but to no avail.
these are system apps, they can’t be uninstalled. I can’t even disable
many of them. When I uninstall updates on these apps and disable their
access to use data in the background, within minutes they have all
somehow turned their ability to use background data back on and have
reinstalled all the updates that I manually uninstalled.”
three apps in question, Facebook, Facebook App Installer, and Facebook
App Manager, “insist” on using background data, the tipster noted, and
this cannot be disabled on his Sprint LG.
on how to disable updates, and therefore background information
collecting on Android phones, but, on the tipster’s Sprint LG, the
option to disable updates is disabled.
founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Congress in
April, which is when the question of collecting data on consumers who
aren’t registered as users had first come up.
Zuckerberg’s testimony, according toBloomberg,
Representative Ben Lujan, a New Mexico Democrat, asserted that the
social network creates “shadow profiles,”mining
data from non-usersin the process. According to
the same publication, Facebook creates these “shadow profiles” by
accessing data from active users’ inboxes and saved contacts.
responded that his company does this for “security purposes,” in order
to prevent bad actors from gathering public information, such as names,
from Facebook users.
a statement supplied toThe
Register, a Facebook spokesperson said that Facebook has
partnered with mobile manufacturers to pre-install their apps on
smartphones with Android operating systems in order to “help people have
the best experience on Facebook right out of the box and during the life
of the device.”
most pre-installed smartphone apps, also know as bloatware, can be
uninstalled, deleted, or at least hidden as long as the user hasroot
access(privileged control), the Android
equivalent of iPhone jailbreaking.