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Facebook and Instagram are the most 'data-hungry' applications | Know-more

a US judge has ruled that Mark Zuckerberg- Meta founder and CEO must participate in a deposition as part of an ongoing lawsuit in Texas concerning the company's face recognition technology.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: January 18, 2024 21:59 IST
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Meta-owned Facebook (a social media platform) and Instagram (a photo-sharing platform) are the two most privacy-invasive applications, a new report revealed. According to the cybersecurity company named Surfshark who conducted research which has analysed 100 popular apps, and discovered that Facebook and Instagram were the most 'data-hungry' of all.

It ranked apps according to 32 criteria that are included in Apple's privacy policy, such as payment information, browsing history, and exact location.

The researcher said, "Since Instagram and Facebook are products of Meta Platforms, it's no surprise these two apps collect and handle data the same way. Both apps collect all 32 data points defined by Apple and are the only two to do so."

Facebook and Instagram have used seven of the 32 user data points, including name, phone number and physical address for tracking.

The remaining were connected to user identity but not used for tracking, the report noted.

Although X (formerly Twitter) gathered less user data, it was the least reluctant to share it with outside parties.

Nearly half of the 22 data pieces it gathered and associated with individuals were used for tracking.

Overall, 10 social media and messaging applications were included in the research, and it was discovered that these apps collected more user data than the average amount.

Meanwhile, a US judge has ruled that Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg must participate in a deposition as part of an ongoing lawsuit in Texas concerning the company's face recognition technology.

According to a ruling made by Justice Jeff Rambin on Tuesday, the state court has rejected Meta's recent appeal "seeking relief from an order compelling the oral deposition" of Zuckerberg at an undisclosed date, reports CNBC.

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