Facebook answers important user privacy questions. Read them before you install or buy anything.
A lot of folks have serious privacy concerns about Facebook's new Home application. Questions about location gathering, message reading, and the general "safeness" of Facebook tracking what you do on your Android phone. We have our own here as well, and have had plenty of internal discussion.
Facebook doesn't want folks to worry, so they released a privacy FAQ about the new product. It's a short read that everyone who might install the app needs to look at, but here are some highlights:
- You can use Facebook without using Facebook Home
- Facebook Home is just another app you install from Google Play. You can uninstall it at any time.
- Facebook Home collects your Facebook activity, location, Facebook messages, and the apps in your Home app launcher. This data is user-identifiable for 90 days.
- Facebook can not collect any data outside of the Home app, unless you use the HTC First -- then it can track what apps generate notifications, but not the content of the notification.
We're not going to judge any of these policies -- that's for you to do. We are going to tell you about them and direct you to the full statement so you can read it and discuss. And you should.