New thunderclouds on Facebook, the social network giant is accused of tracking non-users via Android apps.
According to a report presented by Privacy International yesterday at 35C3 hacking conference held in Germany, the list of Android apps that send tracking and personal information back to Facebook includes dozens of apps including Kayak, Yelp, and Shazam,
“Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools. App developers share data with Facebook through the Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of software development tools that help developers build apps for a specific operating system.” reads the report published by Privacy International.
“Using the free and open source software tool called “mitmproxy“, an interactive HTTPS proxy, Privacy International has analyzed the data that a number of Android apps transmit to Facebook through the Facebook SDK.”
Experts at Privacy International analyzed 34 Android apps and found that at least 61 percent of them transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. Data are sent to Facebook whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.
Some of the apps routinely send the social network data that is very detailed and sometimes sensitiv