Facebook Messenger collects huge user data
You know that many tech giants are revising their privacy policies. Apple has already made a lot of changes through iOS 14.5. Without a doubt, it will become more complicated for application developers to collect data from Apple users. The same will happen with Android 12. Google will not provide open information to its customers. It will still follow its users but the information will be locked.
User data question
In this regard, Invisibility conducted a survey and found that 82% of those surveyed agreed with the measures implemented by various tech companies to limit data collection. In addition, 76% do not like receiving targeted advertising online and call for this practice to be stopped. 68% think data privacy is very important. Surprisingly, at least for me 11% more men than women are not afraid of receiving targeted online advertising.
As for Invisible, it’s a platform that allows mobile device users to earn money by selling their data to advertisers. This may sound unacceptable, but in fact, we give our personal data to advertisers for free.
Well, other interesting statistics from the platform prove that as of May 16, 15% of Apple users have allowed third-party apps to track them. If you remember, Apple recently started rolling out the iOS 14.5 update, which brings the so-called transparency feature. The latter requires developers to ask users if they wish to provide personal data for the purpose of sending them online advertisements. Additionally, in the US, 6% of iOS users allow travel app trackers to track them and get the corresponding date.
Some apps need more data
Interestingly, some apps require more data than others. Let’s say that in the Messaging & Video Calling category, Facebook Messenger unsurprisingly tops the list and collects the most personal data. At the same time, Cisco Webex Meetings collects the least amount of data. As a result, in social media applications, Facebook collects the most personal data. In contrast, Clubhouse takes the least.
In the “Navigation” category, Waze GPS is leading, but InRoute does not share any data.
Obviously, the most popular apps get most of the data. But there are apps that don’t need any data. To survive, they charge a fee for using the app. Plus, some have in-app purchases.
Finally, the survey shows that social media and food delivery apps require user data the most. Purchases, dating and payments are also among the top five. This is followed by flight booking, rules tracking, messaging and video calling, streaming, and personal finance.