April 4, 2013

Facebook Home Privacy Issues

Facebook Home privacy issues.

Om Malik points out the privacy issues with using Facebook Home. 
But there is a bigger worry. The phone’s GPS can send constant information back to the Facebook servers, telling it your whereabouts at any time.

So if your phone doesn’t move from a single location between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for say a week or so, Facebook can quickly deduce the location of your home. Facebook will be able to pinpoint on a map where your home is, whether you share your personal address with the site or not. It can start to build a bigger and better profile of you on its servers. It can start to correlate all of your relationships, all of the places you shop, all of the restaurants you dine in and other such data. The data from accelerometer inside your phone could tell it if you are walking, running or driving. As Zuckerberg said — unlike the iPhone and iOS, Android allows Facebook to do whatever it wants on the platform, and that means accessing the hardware as well.
All valid concerns. And Facebook Home probably exploits all this user information.

The problem - the Facebook fans, the target for Facebook Home, just don’t care. Facebook Home or no Facebook Home, they will keep sharing as before.

Also, it is not just Facebook. Any running app on Android, iOS can glean a lot of information about you. And, even non-running apps can get a lot of data about you e.g. SocialCam showed us how. Amazon Silk, Apple Siri, Google Voice all can potentially capture incredible amount of personal information about you.