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Facebook used more than 20 Android apps' data without user consent

January 03, 2019 / Innovation Enterprise

After analyzing 34 Android apps, Privacy International research uncovered 23 apps that shared users' data with Facebook without consent. The data was shared the moment a user opened the app, which included those users without a Facebook account. The research took place in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal which broke in early 2018 and saw 50 million users' data shared by Facebook without their consent. This was far from the end of the controversy, however, as the social media giant faced fresh allegations in December 2018 when it was revealed that it also gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read and even delete users' private messages. "Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools," said Privacy International. "App developers share data with Facebook through the Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of software development tools that help developers build apps for a...