We are told to install applications from the playstore only, but what if even the applications in the playstore are not keeping your private information safe. Recent reports say that some of the apps in the Google Playstore are sending your personal data to Facebook without your consent.
Few months back, Facebook got into so much trouble because of the data breach. But it seems they have still not stopped it completely as they don’t want to lower the revenues from the ad agency. Privacy International found that out of 34 applications 24 apps are sharing sensitive information of the user to Facebook, even the users who do not have a Facebook account had their details leaked that means your data leaked even when you didn’t login to the application through FB.
Some of the popular applications that are sending your information to Facebook are Shazam, Indeed Job Search, Skyscanner, Spotify Music, TripAdvisor, Kayak, Duolingo, My Fitness Pal, and more. In May, 2017 the European law had changed and they introduced the General Data Protection Regulation in which the apps had to ask for the permission of the user before collecting any of their private information.
These apps are clearly violating the law, and the fines of it is 4% of the revenue or €20m, whichever is greater. Most of the apps that are sending data to Facebook have been the free ones on the playstore, so that’s how they are making the profit. The apps that have been found sharing the info are giving the data like the health info, religion of the user, even the minute travel and booking details, and more private information. The app developers need to have in mind that these things would only get them into trouble, and nothing else.
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