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How to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts

Last updated on August 23rd, 2018 at 08:35 pm

After Cambridge Analytica data breach, Facebook is facing yet more outrage. Over a feature that lets it record your call and SMS logs. Don’t be a worry. Here is a guide on how to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts.How to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts

How to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts

FACEBOOK users deleting their accounts are raising the alert on the measure of personal data the organization holds, including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls.

The #deletefacebook campaign began after Cambridge Analytica data breach. And now Facebook is facing yet more outrage over a feature that lets it record your call and SMS logs. So here I am writing about how to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts.

You have two alternatives in the event that you choose to leave the Facebook: you can either deactivate and keep your data stored on Facebook, or delete your account and download a back-up of the data the Facebook stores on you.

It’s this individual information document that uncovers the degree of Facebook’s snooping. And it has come as a stun to a few.

One user, Dylan McKay, said that for the period October 2016 to July 2017. His logs contained “the metadata of each phone call I’ve ever made, including time and span” and “metadata about each instant message I’ve ever gotten or sent?.

Furthermore, others are additionally communicating worry over the data that is being logged, including their contacts, friends’ birthday celebrations, and their calendars.

Facebook denies it collects call and SMS data from phones without permission. But, Messenger for Android likewise requests that permission read call and SMS logs for a comparable reason, which is at that point persistently gather unless you disable the feature.

How to stop Facebook from collecting your SMS texts, calls, and contacts

It’s fairly simple to block Facebook from keeping an eye on your calls and contacts.

  • Start the Facebook Messenger app on your Android device
  • Then tap your profile picture.
  • After that, select ‘People’.
  • Then select  ‘Sync Contacts’ – and turn it off.

Repete the same procedure for iOS. You can view and remove your contacts from the “Uploading and managing your contacts” page.

Here you likewise have the alternative to “delete all” of the contacts you’ve added to Facebook.

Moreover, you can block it by for permanently deleting your Facebook account.

Facebook said, “Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android.”

“This helps you find and stay connected with the people you care about and provides you with a better experience on Facebook. People have to expressly agree to use this feature.”

It continued: “While we receive certain permissions from Android, uploading this information has always been opt-in only.

About Sameer

I'm Sameer Bille, a blogger from Mumbai, India. I started MuchTech as a passion.Here at Much Tech I write about Tech Tips,Tricks and how to guide.

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