To prevent a privacy breach, security researchers ask to uninstall Facebook and Instagram if you have an iPhone
About some months ago Facebook and Instagram have found themselves in the midst of controversy around the time Privacy that they offer to their users.
Security investigators have asked users of iPhone that uninstall these applications then secretly collect confidential data of people.
In an interview with Forbes, Talal Haj Bakry, Tommy Mysk and Jake Moore revealed that Facebook and Instagram they can use the iPhone accelerometer to track a constant stream of user movements.
Why should Facebook and Instagram be uninstalled if I have an iPhone?
I agree with you security researchers The problem is that people cannot disable the function, so the applications of Mark Zuckerberg they can follow his movements whenever they want.
“Facebook reads accelerometer data all the time. If you don’t allow Facebook to access your location, the app can still infer your exact location just by grouping it with users who match the same vibration pattern that your phone’s accelerometer records »
Experts assure that this security breach it was not found in other applications such as TikTok, WeChat, iMessage, Telegram and Signal.
According to security researchers the only way users have to protect themselves is uninstalling Facebook and Instagram. Therefore, experts invite people to access these social networks through the browser.
Reports indicate that WhatsApp It also performs this function, however it offers its users the option of deactivating it.
“Although the accelerometer data appears to be innocuous, it is amazing what applications can do with these measurements”
The experts pointed out that it is incredible what applications can do with the data, without the user of iPhone know it.
“Applications can determine the heart rate, movements and even the precise location of the user. Worse still, all iOS apps can read the measurements from this sensor without permission. In other words, the user would not know if an application measures his heart rate while using it »
The security researchers were extremely alarmed by this information because they assured that Facebook and Instagram violate privacy of users of Manzana.
“All data that is personal and unique should be considered sensitive and should be protected”