You’re Not Crazy. Facebook Has Been Collecting Your Calls and Texts
Facebook has been collecting data from your SMS and call history. For a touch of irony, users have shared how downloading their .ZIP file uncovered some pretty alarming shenanigans that have been happening in the background on Facebook.
Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone cellphone call and text I made for about a year- cool totally not creepy.
— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) March 23, 2018
More users have come forward and noted a pattern which seems to point to Facebook collecting call history and SMS data amongst close connections, including friends and family. And according to a report from Ars Technica, Facebook has been doing this in an effort to distinguish business from personal contacts. The affected sample seems to have come from Android users, but it’s unclear how and when this all came up to this, though some point the opt-in via Facebook’s Messenger app (pictured below).
While this explains some of the issues, why Facebook needs the data and where it uses it exactly are left still pretty much in the dark. What’s more, the means is more distressing than the ends. Why would Facebook collect data in a manner as fishy as contact upload?
Facebook has published a blog post regarding the matter, clearing very little about the issue. Definitely doesn’t reflect well on the company, especially after the whole Cambridge Analytica fiasco earlier this week.
Is it time to delete the Facebook app? What do you think?