This isn't gun related but it is privacy and personal security related. For those that don't know, Facebook is slowly forcing a transition to a second (or third if you run a Facebook page) mobile application specifically for communicating with other users. Facebook Messenger
will be the only way to send private messages, make calls, or send private pictures via your phone.
Besides this being a royal pain in the ass and eating up even more memory on your phone, is there anything more to consider? If you read through the Terms & Conditions the answer is a resounding yes. If you care about privacy, the answer is a resounding hell yes. Some of the more intrusive bits:
That sounds like something I want installed I want to install on my phone just about... never
If you're one of those 1,000,000,000 people who have downloaded this app, take a moment to read the following. I've posted, word for word, a few of the most aggressive app permission you've accepted.
- Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity
- Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to read you phone's call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
- Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
- Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
- Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
The fact that social media and mobile apps are so insidious is nothing new, we all know (or should know) that no app is truly free. "Free" online apps are paid for by the provision of personal data such as name, location, browsing history, etc. In turn, mobile developers and social networks charge advertisers to serve up highly targeted ads to specific groups of people.
What I really appreciate about apps like this and the things hidden in permissions or T&C's is that the same people who freak out about the NSA, Big Brother, or whatever other agency spying on them will freely give all of their information to a company that didn't even require warrants before handing over reams of user data to law enforcement.