A Wall Street Journal report talks about more abusive behavior from Facebook. Some health and fitness apps were found to immediately share health data with Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
That’s the worst part of the report. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, the company sucks up your data anyway. For what purpose? Selling it to insurance companies? Or just plain old ads?
Here’s a hilarious excerpt:
Facebook said some of the data sharing uncovered by the Journal’s testing appeared to violate its business terms, which instruct app developers not to send it “health, financial information or other categories of sensitive information.” Facebook said it is telling apps flagged by the Journal to stop sending information its users might regard as sensitive. The company said it may take additional action if the apps don’t comply.
Translation: Stahp giving us this information guys! Can’t you take no for an answer? *whispers Just kidding, give it to us precious.*
That’s the soap box I’ve been standing on. Aside from supporting an American GDPR, I think we need to overhaul privacy policies. They need to spell out exactly what a company does with our data. Facebook isn’t mentioned in these policies, but get our data anyway.
Umbrella phrases like “third parties” and “We collect analytics” shouldn’t be used to hide sins. I want to know the exact companies that will make money off my data. Policies also need to have a non-jargon version so people can understand what’s going on.
Enough is Enough
I’m so pessimistic nowadays. When will people say enough is enough? Or are we too numb? How many times does Tim Cook have to mention “human rights” while letting Facebook on his platform?
I realize that aside from Apple suspending Facebook’s enterprise certificate, it probably doesn’t want to mess too much with a billion dollar company. But I think Apple needs to take a stronger stance, and it has the power to. Apple is the gatekeeper, and companies pay it to let them sell products.