"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."
Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International
yea - whats new?
@Argus downright scary.
@Argus Is there a way on android to block the transfers? Eg. A set of ip addresses?
@Argus @aral On the other hand, Android has built-in iptables firewall which can be administered from commandline just as on Linux or with easy interfaces like AFWall+ (or for non-rooted devices through a virtual Virtual Private Network (a local VPN to self, to block all non-firewalled traffic, thus "virtual VPN")).
At least for for rooted Android devices one can also block hostnames via the hosts-file (/system/etc/hosts is a redirect (symlink) for /etc/hosts) just as on any non-closed UNIX(-like) system and even on Windows. I've seen apps that claim to be able to manage the hosts-file even without root on Android, but I have not tested any of those.
@Argus Easy solution: Stop using Facebook and block all the IPs it owns on your firewall.
This has been a thing for awhile. Does the report mention what the companies get in return for sending all the data to Facebook? Is it just a money thing?
@Argus Facebook is evil 😡
@Argus I notice the FB SDK collects the phone's advertising_id plus a static FB "anon_id".
Assuming the anon_id stays the same per app (or per phone?) this allows FB to work around users who reset their advertising ids and keep tracking them as the same user
@Argus for some reason im particularly disappointed in Clue, they always seemed like a trustworthy app to me
Wow. That makes me want to DNS black hole Facebook's domains.
Wonder if this includes apps that say "no ads" in the store
Mostly use Free and Libre Open Source software. Then if you still have a few proprietary apps, disable any and all trackers using ClassyShark3xodus and AdAway.
Here's my list for Android:
Thanks for this. I see Facebook messenger lite in there. Whats the difference between that and regular messenger?
Facebook messenger lite has no trackers, ads, and is faster.
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