Another day, another privacy scandal… This time Facebook is in hot water as some news about its possible reading of user SMS messages has serviced. According to the Sunday Times newspaper out of London, Facebook “admitted” to “reading text messages” in trials and preparations to launch its own message service. The main allegations include:
- - Data — including the user’s location, the phone numbers of contacts and their Internet history — are often accessed via apps and in some cases transmitted to “third party” companies including advertisers.
- - Some companies can remotely control features on smartphones, including cameras, on which they can take pictures and video at any time.
- - Downloading some basic apps leaves people vulnerable to a torrent of spam and invasive advertising.
“Facebook said that lots of communications apps use these permissions, and the application technically has the capability to integrate with the phone’s SMS system, but added that it is for testing purposes. The company did not respond to the claim that the Times “admitted” to reading text messages, however.”