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Ranjeet Singh

Privacy invasion Facebook Android app now require permission to read my texts (SMS), getting full access to my personal information (including my contact card, my calendar, etc.), and to my networks

Ranjeet Singh CEO and Founder at spacenab.com
Facebook android app new update now requires permission to access some of your critical data.

Android permission (what you’ll see on your Android) :

Read your text messages (SMS or MMS): 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.

Download files without notification: This allows us to improve the app experience by pre-loading News Feed content.

Read/write your contacts: These permissions allow you to import your phone’s contacts to Facebook and sync your Facebook contacts to your phone.

Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners’ knowledge : This allows you to see your Facebook events in your phone’s calendar.

Read calendar events plus confidential information: This allows the app to show your calendar availability (based on your phone’s calendar) when you’re viewing an event on Facebook.

Specifically:
- read my call log
- write my call log
- record audio (I understand the need to take pictures and video, but why audio?)
- reorder running apps
- retrieve running apps
- draw over other apps
- read home settings and shortcuts
- Call Phone numbers without permission or notification
- Record audio without notification or permission
- Record video without notification or permission
- Delete phone contacts without notification or permission
- Modify battery statistics. WTF?

Taken together, this amounts to a lot of private information.

This is an invasion of privacy. And These things are absolutely none of the facebooks business.
Fb is a social networking website and I can’t understand why they require such critical information.

May be this is the part of US spy programme Prism. Since In Google android app we don’t have the access to change the permissions of the app like in Nokia symbian.
This is unbearable so I have to uninstalled fb app as there is something called my privacy.

Please share this article with others.
To read what fb official says about it visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10151821055187083
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