Facebook is now receiving much attention after users are finding out about the massive amount of data that it stores compared to other messaging apps. According to BGN, it was during the WWDC 2020 that Apple revealed iOS 14. In line with the goal to protect their users' privacy, the company created a protection tool called App Privacy Labels for users to be aware of the amount of data or information that apps source from them through their use.

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Apple's Privacy App 

The new app works by advising iPhone and iPad users approximately how much information an app collects. This new update has rankled companies that make a living off your information for many years now.In line with the Apple Privacy update, Facebook came up with a tricky assault against Apple, taking full-page advertisements in print daily papers. It blamed Apple of imperiling little businesses and putting hazards on the web. 

The recent disclosure of data has forced Facebook to act beyond how it usually does. As Apple clarified, any app engineer can still track clients and collect data, regardless of any app protection mechanism. The protection tools that Apple offers don't put a halt to any of that. They constrain companies like Facebook to reveal everything they collect. It is inevitable to collect user data. However, it is just as important to be transparent about the nature and amount of data that one collects from users. For Apple, this is what Facebook fails to do. This is not the first time that Facebook has encountered privacy issues.

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Data Comparison from Signal, iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger

Upon examination below, you will realize how much information messenger gets compared to other apps. Facebook obviously collects an unnerving sum of information when compared to the other three. Whatsapp, although owned by Facebook does not even store that much of user data. That's likely since the app is end-to-end encrypted, so Facebook's powers are more limited. 

Signal and iMessage offer the same assurance for users, with the latter being Apple's own app, the default informing app on the iPhone and iPad. Signal offers the leading assurance, as indeed Apple collects a few client information. Information coming from 9to5Mac below shows the privacy labels and a comparison of data being collected by several chat apps which includes Signal, iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

Facebook messenger is yet to respond to all of these accusations from different privacy security app makers and Facebook messenger users. 

See related article: Belgium Drags Facebook To Court Over Violation Of Privacy Laws

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Written by Nikki Delgado

Signal

  1. None. (The only personal data Signal stores is your phone number, and it makes no attempt to link that to your identity.)

iMessage

  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Search history
  • Device ID

WhatsApp

  • Device ID
  • User ID
  • Advertising Data
  • Purchase History
  • Coarse Location
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Contacts
  • Product Interaction
  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data
  • Payment Info
  • Customer Support
  • Product Interaction
  • Other User Content

Facebook Messenger

Third-Party Advertising

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Photos or Videos
  • Gameplay Content
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History

BROWSING HISTORY

  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types

Developer's Advertising or Marketing

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Photos or Videos
  • Gameplay Content
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History

BROWSING HISTORY

  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types

Analytics

HEALTH & FITNESS

  • Health
  • Fitness

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Payment Info
  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Photos or Videos
  • Audio Data
  • Gameplay Content
  • Customer Support
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History

BROWSING HISTORY

  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

SENSITIVE INFO

  • Sensitive Info

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types

Product Personalization

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Photos or Videos
  • Gameplay Content
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History
  • BROWSING HISTORY
  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

SENSITIVE INFO

  • Sensitive Info

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types

App Functionality

HEALTH & FITNESS

  • Health
  • Fitness

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Payment Info
  • Credit Info
  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Emails or Text Messages
  • Photos or Videos
  • Audio Data
  • Gameplay Content
  • Customer Support
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History

BROWSING HISTORY

  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

SENSITIVE INFO

  • Sensitive Info

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types

Other Purposes

PURCHASES

  • Purchase History

FINANCIAL INFO

  • Other Financial Info

LOCATION

  • Precise Location
  • Coarse Location

CONTACT INFO

  • Physical Address
  • Email Address
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Other User Contact Info

CONTACTS

  • Contacts

USER CONTENT

  • Photos or Videos
  • Gameplay Content
  • Customer Support
  • Other User Content

SEARCH HISTORY

  • Search History

BROWSING HISTORY

  • Browsing History

IDENTIFIERS

  • User ID
  • Device ID

USAGE DATA

  • Product Interaction
  • Advertising Data
  • Other Usage Data

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data

OTHER DATA

  • Other Data Types
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