September 16, 2022

Facebook Shares Fall Again as Reports Surface the Company Collected User Data from Third-Party Apps

Facebook user data collection goes even further than thought, as new reports surface, revealing the social network tapped into third-party apps…

German mobile security team Mobilsicher recently tested a number of Android apps, discover these share user info through the Facebook SDK or software development kit. Among the applications tested were Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, Pregnancy+, MigraineBuddy, Bible+, and Muslim Pro.

Facebook User Data Collection via Third-Party App SDK Access Revealed

The revelation comes at a time when Facebook already faces a substantial amount of public scrutiny. Recently, it’s been learned the company tracks users, even when location tracking is switched off. The social network also exposed up to 6.8 million users’ unpublished photos to app developers. But, these are just two examples of many.

Facebook’s SDK gives developers access to Facebook Analytics. It’s also used to allow people to log into other services vis-√†-vis their Facebook credentials.

Apparently, some of the app devs believed the user data passed on was anonymized but that’s wasn’t the case. Information collected included IP address, type of devices, the apps used, info transferred when opening apps, as well as users’ unique Advertising IDs.

This latest revelation comes on the heels of news reports detailing Facebook sharing its users’ data with companies like Apple, Netflix, and Spotify.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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