Did Facebook record your conversations?

Facebook has been keeping records of your smartphone activity for years.

Did Facebook record your conversations?

Facebook has for years been keeping records of your smartphone activity, including the duration of phone calls, contact numbers and the text messages you’ve sent and received.

The discovery was made by Android smartphone users after downloading their personal Facebook archive information, which revealed the logs of data.

Android users who installed Messenger or Facebook Lite may have inadvertently given Facebook permission to store their call and message logs, which resulted in creating logs of this information.

Apple iPhone users are safe as the operating system does not allow the silent collection of call data.

Facebook has confirmed the reports and responded publicly stating that all the recorded information was uploaded to secure servers and never sold or shared. Furthermore, the information collected did not include content of the calls or text messages.

In a statement to Ars Technica, Facebook stated that the call log was “a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts”.

Concerned? Find out how to turn off this data capturing setting here.

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    Rosret
    2nd Apr 2018
    11:35am
    Its not just Facebook. Everyone is.
    I just was on my phone in regards to a friend passing away and what should be in my spam mail a few hours later. - a Funeral service advertisement.
    Good grief - talk about inappropriate!
    Graeme
    2nd Apr 2018
    11:58am
    Correlation does not mean causation
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2018
    6:21pm
    Content of phone calls are not monitored - do you really think someone is listening to your phone call, be sensible, a total coincidence.
    Kosmo
    2nd Apr 2018
    1:42pm
    My account supposed to be private, if someone got my phone number and passed it onto a few morons!
    Eliza
    2nd Apr 2018
    2:02pm
    Absolutely NOTHING is private anymore ... anyone who doesn’t understand this is living in the fifties ... DATA MINING is worth HUGE MONEY ...it is and can be sold around the world ...
    What’s more ... if we really knew what it is being used for ... and what uses are planned for the future we would be terrified for ourselves ... and more so for our following families.
    Anonymous
    2nd Apr 2018
    4:38pm
    Nowadays, 'privacy' is used just as an excuse to mess people about.
    Ted Wards
    3rd Apr 2018
    9:32am
    Go online on ABC Ivew and watch cracking the code.....youll see exactly what hers up to!
    Incognito
    2nd Apr 2018
    2:22pm
    I have never used Facebook and never will, it is a money making machine. I have heard of a new social site called MeWe that has started and many are turning to that now. Any thoughts on MeWe?
    Anonymous
    2nd Apr 2018
    4:38pm
    Facebook has its advantages - if used sensibly.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2018
    6:27pm
    Facebook is fine, they don't get money from me or you. They obtain their income from others who advertise on the site. My son for example uses Facebook to target particular postcodes, gender, groups whoever he wants his advertisements to be seen by.

    MeWe - they have to obtain income from somewhere to run the site - costs mega dollars to host something like that.

    As long as you don't provide credit card details to anyone using social media is fine and a great way to stay in touch with others for free.
    patti
    2nd Apr 2018
    2:23pm
    For years my friends have thought me weird, because I refuse to use the internet on my phone. I make and receive phone calls, send and receive texts, and take photos, everything else is done on my laptop. I do this because (a) I don't want emails etc following me everywhere I go. I have set times when I check out stuff, at home, away from distractions. Facebook has often asked for my mobile number and I don't respond.
    I'm not saying I am completely safe as I don't believe anybody is these days, from the Big Brother internet spy. An attempt was made to scam me last year, and I was lucky to escape with no losses. I still believe that I am in a better position not to be targeted than someone who is constantly checking their phone, downloading apps etc. It's my choice.
    Anonymous
    2nd Apr 2018
    4:52pm
    I'm with you 100% on this, though I very rarely respond even to texts.

    2nd Apr 2018
    4:36pm
    If you just use your phone to talk to people (as I do), then this would not be a problem. I do all my internet on a computer.

    What bugs me more - and is in fact illegal - is corporations recording conversations I have with them without my permission.
    Rosret
    2nd Apr 2018
    5:28pm
    Your phone is linked to your computer.
    Assume both the computer and phone are listening.
    Incognito
    2nd Apr 2018
    5:34pm
    Yes I agree, 'this conversation will be recorded for couching and training purposes', very irritating, should not be allowed without permission.
    Incognito
    2nd Apr 2018
    5:35pm
    Woops meant 'coaching not couching'.
    SuziJ
    2nd Apr 2018
    8:58pm
    Rosret, how can your mobile phone be connected to your computer?

    I know your home phone can, as most have a home phone with internet & foxtel, but I've never known of a mobile phone connected to the computer.
    Rosret
    3rd Apr 2018
    8:57am
    Its the other way around.
    When you sign up for a google, yahoo, Facebook, this site etc etc they ask for a phone number.
    Then low and behold at some stage know every phone number on your phone gets an offer "to become friends".
    Google knows where you are at any time and where and when you took a photo on your phone. If have the microphone switched on for videos on your phone - you are not the only one listening.
    Facebook can then ID everyone in the photo.
    If you ring up a support service they can see you on your phone or computer. I have a sticker over my camera on my computer.

    The most interesting thing I found was when I tried to match a 1800s landscape photo on google maps. I kept clicking from the image to google maps to find the exact angle. Then all of a sudden it must have got tired of my inaccuracy and just moved itself to the exact location. Amazing! Was it a coincidence or is it really that clever. I don't know.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2018
    6:35pm
    @Rosret - easily fixed, don't supply a phone number or just put in a false one, just 1s or 2s would do.

    Don't get paranoid about social media, all they're doing is trying to see what your needs are and target advertising to you, just like rewards cards in shops, Flybuys etc. I take no notice of the ads and they don't get one cent from me (or should that be 5 cents). If people want to listen to my phones (and that's not happening) go ahead, it's usually something like a call from my wife "Can you buy some milk".
    SuziJ
    2nd Apr 2018
    8:53pm
    I don't use the internet on my phone - then no one can record my calls or scan my messages.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2018
    6:37pm
    What do you have to hide?

    That's the thing these businesses are not interested in you unless you're someone special!


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