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Facebook wants to spy on Android phone users: Kaspersky

Feb 03 2014, 22:33 IST
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Facebook wants to read SMSes and other confidential information of people on the Android mobile phone platform, says Kaspersky. Facebook wants to read SMSes and other confidential information of people on the Android mobile phone platform, says Kaspersky.
SummaryBuried within latest update for Facebook's Android app is a feature that is causing growing concern.

to have 93 million users in India out of which 75 million access it from their mobile phone as of December 2013.

The permissions sought by Facebook are apart from similar permissions sought by Google's Android platform in the name of Facebook.

The social media company on its website said: "Keep in mind that Android controls the way the permissions are named, and the way they're named doesn't necessarily reflect the way the Facebook app uses them. We realise that some of these permissions sound scary, so we'd like to provide more info about how we use them."

On the issue of permission sought by Android to access information and edit feature in user's phone, Google has earlier said, "Its an app which you (user) have choice of installing."

Facebook - with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide - is celebrating its 10th birthday amidst challenges of keeping its original base of young users with new innovative social networks coming to the fore.

The company was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University.

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