Last month it was revealed that Facebook has been collecting SMS call and data records from Android devices for years. Facebook has been using what it calls an "acceptance feature" to improve its friend recommendation algorithm when requesting access to contacts, SMS data and call history on Android phones. Facebook users, frightened by the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, began downloading their data and became alarmed when they found the call history records and SMS data.
Facebook now says that it has examined the function and is making changes in it. "We reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of the messages and will erase all records older than one year," says Facebook technology director Mike Schroepfer. It is not clear why Facebook is deleting older records, but it is likely that the company wants to limit the amount of data that is stored in accounts that use this feature.
Facebook never needed all the personal information that it collected
"In the future, the client will only upload the necessary information to our servers to offer this function," says Schroepfer, so that no more extensive data will be loaded as the time of the calls. This is a welcome change, since Facebook never needed all the information it collected on SMS data and call history in the last three years. Facebook was able to acquire this information only on Android phones, since Apple's iOS blocks access to SMS call and data history to other applications.
Facebook is implementing these changes as part of a much broader plan to restrict access to data on the social network. Facebook data restrictions occur when the company continues to deal with the fall of Cambridge Analytica by obtaining personal information from millions of Facebook users. At first, it was thought that Cambridge Analytica had obtained some 50 million Facebook users, but now Facebook says that 87 million people, mainly in the US UU., They were affected. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week to answer questions about the use of his company and the protection of user data.