Since Birth, Facebook app being updated time-to-time, so its users never get bored and always keep their statuses up-to-date.On Thursday—a new kind of feature was rolled in its mobile app which now able to collect and save data captured by your smartphone’s microphone, but this feature now being questioned by experts.
What Facebook said about its new feature?
If we believe on Facebook, this app will record your sound and the recorded data will be saved, but all of the data is anonymized and aggregated. Facebook declined to comment on how it planned to use the data once it is gleaned, IBT reports.
“I think the most problematic element of this is that we don’t know with what data the sounds are matched,” said Dr. Ilka Gleibs, professor of social and organizational psychology at the London School of Economics. “As consumers, we have no control over whether data could be de-anonymized or what happens if third parties would like access to the data. It’s difficult to trust when messages are so mixed and we deal with so many unknowns.”
Speaking to the “opt-in” nature of Facebook’s microphone data collection feature, Dr. Gleibs added, “I seldom am alone in my environment. Thus, I might have consented to have ‘my sound’ recorded, but what about the other people with whom I share an environment?”
Facebook also in its every update concerns about their users’ privacy, but what about this new update.
“I am sure that many users and privacy advocates will express strong concerns about the app, and may indeed change their behavior on Facebook,” said Allison Lichter, social media editor for the Wall Street Journal. “But we know that consumers can get used to all kinds of encroachments on privacy, and that expectations around personal privacy really vary widely, including what constitutes ‘encroachment.’”
Who uninstalled the App after the Update?
One of the reporter named “Barton Gellman,” who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his coverage of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, tweeted that he deleted the Facebook app from his smartphone. Several other users echoed his sentiments.
In 2014 there are more than One Billion Mobile users (Source):
And if I personally talk about the privacy, this new feature really threatens me, because I have personally reported many stories about the relation between NSA & Facebook:
- NSA: Tech companies like Google and Facebook knew about PRISM
- NSA uses Apps like ‘Angry Birds, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter’ to SPY
- Snowden documents reveal: NSA gathers U.S Citizens’ Social Connections’ data
- If you fear about US Spying STOP using Google and Facebook NOW, says Germany
CEO, Mark Zuckerberg denying involvement in the NSA Prism program.
Now, only its up to you— you want to uninstall the Facebook app from your smartphone or want to carry on, and hope the post below able to help you to defeat NSA PRISM: