In light of the recent announcements following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, some users reported on Twitter that they downloaded their profile data to figure out exactly what kind of information the social network keeps on them.
Recent reports stated that a man from New Zealand had scanned the data to find out that it went back two years and contained both incoming and outgoing call records including names and call length, and SMS data. The information had been collected through the Messenger application that also offers the feature of replacing the SMS client.
The results were that Android users seemed more exposed while the iOS devices were left unaffected.
Apparently, Facebook had released a statement on their blog denying the information had been collected illegally after the reports started getting public attention.
“You may have seen some recent reports that Facebook has been logging people’s call and SMS (text) history without their permission. This is not the case,” reads a blog post published on its official site.
While digging in more, our research found that Facebook had earlier stated that “This type of practice is not uncommon because it allegedly improves user experience and helps them stay connected with their friends. Users can opt out if they disagree. If users opt out, the call and text history is deleted. Facebook clarified that “it’s a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts when you sign in to the messaging or the social app.”
Facebook introduced this to Messenger in 2015, when permissions were not as strict, and then in Facebook Lite for Android to improve friend recommendations. However, Facebook assures users that this data has never been sold or tampered with and the “feature does not collect the content of your text messages or calls.”