IF YOU USE FACEBOOK MESSENGER, THIS IS HOW YOU ARE BEING RECORDED EVEN WHEN NOT ON THE PHONE
Technology has become part of our everyday life. It became part because of its ability to simplify our lives, and we found ourselves in time that we are more informed that ever before.
We live in a time where there are many forms of communication.
Multi-tasking has become a virtue and that is why companies are making the communication faster and easier. For example, the Facebook Messenger has become a necessary powerful tool which people use to communicate.
In April it was estimated that 900 million people use Messenger and they are using it to chat with friends, family, strangers and starting up businesses.
However, never mind who you contact with, at some point you will share personal data. It might look harmless, but actually in case you have the Messenger app you should think twice about that.
Messenger App and Its Terms of Agreement
The first thing is to delete it, and you can re-download it and when you read the terms of agreement things will become clearer.
People that would like to install this app are asked to agree to certain terms of service. Among the terms of service are those such as that Facebook can use the microphone on your own device and record audio at any time even without your permission.
Also, Facebook is authorized by TOS to take pictures and videos using the camera of your phone without your permission. And not only that it can directly call numbers and for this also it doesn’t need your permission.
There is more. Facebook with this app it can read your call log and data about contacts you have on your phone. It has access to the frequency of times you called someone, communicated or emailed.
On the Apple and Android devices, there are other similar terms to these. However, this is the most severe so far.
When You Agree
Most people do not even read the terms and simply agree to them. With doing this, they allow Facebook to monitor them 24/7 while you are eating, going out, taking a shower. Basically everywhere you take your phone with you, they can see that and you.
Other apps require allowing them to read contacts, see your location, send SMS messages from the phone, read phone identity and status, listen to phone calls which allow them the full access.
In addition, they can disable the screen lock (the password that protects your phone – usually 4 digit code) and to delete contents of the USB storage or modify them.
Many examples point to the same thing, and people like Edward Snowden are the ones that make sure to create awareness about this type of things.
Have you heard of Allo? Snowden suggests avoiding this because just by using it you allow the law enforcement to check all of your communications. Allo is an actually a Google app that can record every message you have sent.
Google launched Duo, Spaces, and Allo only in few months. So many different apps to choose from, only just to communicate.
So, now that you are aware of the situation, what will you do with your Facebook Messenger?