Facebook Home triggers privacy concerns

April 06, 2013 16:55
Facebook Home triggers privacy concerns

Facebook's has unveiled its Home application that ill allow you to receive all updates from the social networking site right on your home screen of the phone, eliminating the need for opening the notoriously slow application for Facebook on Android. As convenient as it might seem, tech geeks have been against the feature from Facebook citing privacy reasons.

The Home application for Facebook is reportedly always on, allowing for seamless news feed updates and notifications. But this feature could pose several privacy threats to those who use it. Users of the feature will be submitting a large amount of data to Facebook from their activity and applications on the phone which could be a concern in terms of user privacy. Facebook might use the data for more targeted advertisements.

GigaOm, a technology news website mentions that the always on feature is particularly dangerous finding data from the users which is otherwise secure. Your privacy is not respected and every move on your own phone is tracked, the writer Malik opined.

While the feature is available only on a handful of phones currently in the market like HTC First (by default) which will launch April 12, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, HTC One, HTC One X. The Galaxy S IV will also receive it.

(AW- Anil)

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