If you have used Facebook apps on earlier versions of Android phones, then most likely, the social network has been logging your phone calls and personal messages.
Many will find it easy to press the "delete" button. As we realize the importance of the issue we encourage once again those who have been using the social network for years to download their personal data before making the final decision.
What Does the Personal Data Archive Contain?
The archive of personal data usually contains the following information:
- Publications, photos, and video clips you've shared before
- Your personal messages
- Information about your personal account, about yourself, etc.
By some strange coincidence hundreds of Facebook users have recently noticed that their data archive also contains logs of their phone calls as well as personal correspondence.
Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone cellphone call and text I made for about a year- cool totally not creepy. — says American writer Mat Johnson
Preliminary studies have revealed that the problem lies within Android operating system
Jelly Bean (v4.1) and its earlier releases. That is, if you have previously installed Facebook on your Android Operating System and have given permissions to read your phone's contacts -- that permission also granted Facebook access to call and message logs by default. The security issue has been removed in a later release of the operating system, which couldn't possibly have helped if you had Facebook already installed.
Most likely you also are going to see a complete list of phone numbers of your contacts in your archive. However, I consider it necessary to inform you that it is you who hands out permission to collect this information to the social network. Social network applications are periodically “asking” to collect phone numbers stating “making it easy to find the people you want to connect with” as the reasoning behind it. But this is just an excuse to extract as much information from you and people close to you.
How to Delete the List of Phone Numbers?
Cell phone numbers collected by Facebook can be deleted the following way:
How to Turn Off Collection of Phone Numbers?
If you no longer want the social network to collect (upload) phone numbers, then the following feature must be turned off on all digital devices your access the social network from.
To apply the settings on your Android device, follow the steps below:
- Open Facebook "Main Menu"
- Go to "App Settings"
- Deactivate the "Continuous Contacts Uploads" feature.