February 23, 2024

Facebook and Instagram, both owned by Meta, have been identified as the most intrusive apps when it comes to privacy. Surfshark, a cybersecurity company, conducted a study analyzing 100 popular apps and found that these two platforms were the most data-intensive.

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The research evaluated various criteria outlined in Apple’s privacy policy, including payment details, browsing history, and precise location. The researchers noted that given Instagram and Facebook’s association with Meta Platforms, it is unsurprising that these apps collect and manage data in a similar manner, according to a recent report.

They further stated that both applications gather the complete set of 32 data points specified by Apple, making them the exclusive two apps to accomplish this. Facebook and Instagram, on the other hand, utilize only seven out of the 32 user data points, such as name, physical address, and phone number, for tracking purposes.

The report highlighted that the rest of the data points were linked to user identity but were not utilized for tracking purposes. X (previously known as Twitter) collected a smaller amount of user data, yet it was the most willing to share it with external entities.

Almost half of the 22 data points it collected and linked to specific individuals were employed for tracking. In total, the study encompassed 10 social media and messaging platforms, revealing that these applications amassed a greater quantity of user data compared to the average.

In the midst of these events, it has been determined by a judge in the United States that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Meta, is required to partake in a deposition for an ongoing lawsuit in Texas regarding the company’s face recognition technology.

Justice Jeff Rambin, in a ruling issued on Tuesday, has dismissed Meta’s recent appeal to avoid the oral deposition of Zuckerberg, as stated in an order, the date of which remains undisclosed. This development has been reported by CNBC.

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