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Facebook parent Meta sued for circumventing Apple’s privacy rules to track users

Facebook’s parent platform was sued on Wednesday for allegedly building a secret workaround for the “App Tracking Transparency” privacy safeguards that Apple launched last year to prevent users from tracking their internet activity.

Robert Burnson for Bloomberg News:

In a proposed class action lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, two Facebook users accused the company of circumventing Apple’s privacy rules in 2021 and violating state laws. and federal laws restricting the unauthorized collection of personal data. A similar complaint was filed in the same court last week.

The lawsuits are based on a report by data privacy researcher Felix Krause, who said that Apple’s Meta for iOS Facebook and Instagram apps inject JavaScript code into websites users visit. Krause said the code allows apps to track “everything you do on any website,” including entering passwords.

The Facebook app bypasses Apple’s privacy policies by opening web links in an in-app browser, rather than the user’s default browser, according to Wednesday’s complaint.

“This allows Meta to intercept, monitor and record its users’ interactions and communications with third parties, providing data to Meta which it aggregates, analyzes and uses to increase its advertising revenue,” according to the pursuit.

Taken from MacDailyNews: >The privacy-trampling meta business model depended on user ignorance to succeed.

Apple’s app tracking transparency simply gives users the control they should have always had. Obviously, users don’t want Meta to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, etc.

The fact that Apple offers users the choice of whether or not to be tracked via App Tracking Transparency hurts Facebook et al. not only highlights the inherent flaw in the economic model of these societal cancers, but it makes us laugh. 🤣 —MacDailyNews, March 9, 2022

Apple’s Privacy Tool helps users understand what is being taken from them in exchange for a “free” service and gives users the tools they need to protect their privacy and security.

Privacy means people know what they are signing up for, in plain language and repeatedly. I am an optimist; I believe people are smart and some people want to share more data than others. Ask them. Ask them every time. Make them tell you to stop asking them if they’re sick of you asking. Let them know exactly what you are going to do with your data. —Steve Jobs, June 2010

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