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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Can Facebook Bypass Apple App Tracking Security

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Facebook Keeps Giving Users More Reasons To Delete Their Accounts

By Kate O’Flaherty Senior Contributor
Straight Talking Cyber
September 22, 2022

Facebook just got sued for illegally COLLECTING user data. Is this ANOTHER REASON to DELETE your account?

Things have gone from bad to worse for Metas Facebook. The Mark Zuckerberg-owned firm has been sued for allegedly developing a secret work-around to bypass Apple’s APP TRACKING TRANSPARENCY (ATT) changes, according to an article ON BLOOMBERG.

The class action complaint is based on a report by researcher FELIX KRAUSE - who claimed Facebook and Instagram apps for iPhones inject JavaScriptcode onto websites people visit. A similar complaint was filed in the same court a week ago.

Facebook owner Meta denies claims that it is illegally collecting iOS user data, but the suits say the firm is circumventing APPLE’S ATT RULES, which state that tracking across websites and apps is only allowed with explicit consent from Apple iPhone users.

The class action lawsuits say the Facebook app bends Apple’s privacy rules by opening the links in an in-app browser rather than the users default browser.

“This allows Meta to intercept, monitor and record its users’ interactions and communications with third parties, providing data to Meta that it aggregates, analyzes, and uses to boost its advertising revenue,” the suit says.

“These allegations are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” a Meta spokesman says, adding that the firm has designed its in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads.”

More reasons to delete Facebook

The latest news comes at a bad time for Meta’s Facebook. The company is expected to lose $12 BILLION as a result of Apple’s privacy changes, and the firm is already feeling the hit. It continues to face regulatory challenges and whistle-blower allegations over its handling of data.

In July, Facebook owner Meta’s EARNINGS showed costs were up 22% after heavy investment in the Metaverse. The firm is now looking to cut costs by 10% or more over the coming months in a move that includes job cuts, according to a REPORT in the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook is also looking to make its platform more like TikTok’s - something no one wanted or asked for.

This latest Facebook news is another reason for people to delete their accounts - something many are already doing judging by the figures showing declining revenues and user numbers on the social network.

The Facebook app is a major offender when it comes to privacy so it’s worth at least deleting that - and Instagram - from your iPhone. If you have to use the app on your iPhone, don’t use the in-app browser.


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