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Facebook Now Wants To 'Spy' On Android Phone Users!  
 
The updated Facebook app now wants to 'read calendar events plus confidential information'!    
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Cyber security firm, Kaspersky has shockingly revealed that Facebook wants to read its users' SMSs and other 'confidential' information on the Android mobile platform in the guise of its latest update. This further cements the earlier accusations made by US whistleblower Edward Snowden that the social media giant was 'sneaking' in to private information to help US's National Security Agency in spying on a global scale.

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"Over the last few days there has been a constant scrutiny over Facebook having access to your SMS. Buried within the latest update for Facebook's Android app is a feature that is causing growing concern among some users," said Kaspersky. Notably, during installation, the Facebook mobile app for Android platform seeks certain 'permissions' with the latest update going a step ahead in asking users to allow the app 'Read your text messages (SMS or MMS)'. Facebook insists "if you add a phone number to your account, this allows us to confirm your phone number automatically by finding the confirmation code that we send via text message". To this, Kaspersky argues, "Facebook could simply prompt me to type in the code manually. Or, at the very least, provide this option." Furthermore, the updated Facebook app now wants to read calendar events to allow the app to show the user's calendar availabilty when he/she is viewing an event on Facebook.

The social network sends the code through an SMS that is needed by 'first' time users to initially register on the site. This in turn helps Facebook to verify the authenticity of users twice, that provides an extra level of security of course! However, Kaspersky cautions, "As a final note, we'd urge people to carefully check the permissions requested by any app when you first install it."

Saurabh Singh, EFYTIMES News Network


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