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Turns Out Putting a Facebook Camera in Your House Might Be a Privacy Issue



Right after getting hacked a few weeks back, Facebook announced the portal, a smart video calling device for your home that said they would respect your privacy. Turns out they did not really mean your privacy. Somebody's privacy might have been respected though.

The Facebook Portal has a camera and microphone, and is used to talk to your relative, watch videos from social media, and listen to music.

Originally Facebook's alluded to the privacy features-you can disable the camera and microphone with a tap, and it comes with a camera cover. And they've been telling the media that they have not been collected through the portal. They literally claim that their privacy page is "private by design."

Turns out … that's not true, as Recode reports:

Portal does not have ads, Facebook-owned properties.

Basically, since you're on top of Messenger, you can call on any of the apps used to target you with ads. Raise your hand if you're surprised.

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How is This Surprising? Facebook Knows Everything

The fact is, Facebook collects and uses shocking amounts of data about you to target ads. They are collecting all the information they are looking for, even if they do not give it to them. And there's no way to opt out of Facebook. Most likely, your phone number, personal, and work email addresses, and there's no way to keep advertisers from using them to target you.

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It's all laid out in Facebook's Data Policy page. some examples from the section:

Device attributes: information search as the operating system, hardware and software versions, battery level, signal strength, available storage space, browser type, app and file names and types, and plugins.

Device operations: information about operations and behaviors foregrounded or backgrounded, or mouse movements.

Device signals: Bluetooth signals, and information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers.

Network and connections: information such as the name of your mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone, mobile phone number, IP address, connection speed, in some cases, information about other devices that are nearby or on your network

So yeah, if you put a Facebook on it, your privacy probably will not be respected. Maybe you should put some clothes on.


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