facebook-sync-featureLooks like Facebook loves to snoop into people’s phones and also copy its data. Everyone using the famous iPhone Facebook app could actually be sharing their number and their entire contact’s list with Facebook via its syncing feature. Users doing so are not alerted of the process and Facebook does it quietly behind the scenes.

The “Contact Sync” feature synchronises your Facebook profile photos with that of your own from your iPhone. However it also copies unrelated names and numbers from your phone and uploads them to your profile for everyone to see. The Guardian reported, “The implications are huge, and extremely worrying. All it takes is for some one’s Facebook account to be hacked and lots of personal details are revealed.”

Many experts are concerned for privacy as Facebook does not inform its users about the syncing feature in a complete manner. Many users wrongly assume that Facebook’s contact sync is only sync pictures while it is also syncing your entire address book.

Facebook said that you can remove your contacts but there is no clear answer if your contact added by another unsuspecting user will also be removed – “If you would like to remove your mobile contacts from Facebook, you need to disable the feature on your mobile phone and visit this page.”

You can search for more articles on the site where we have mentioned tactics used by other giants to store illegally user data.

Read more here about Cloud companies stealing your data! This is getting worse, not just Microsoft Bing stealing Google search results (read more here), Google is looking to buy unmanned ariel vehicles to take more high definition pictures(read more here).

Facebook says, in a statement: “Facebook never shares personally identifiable information with third parties – advertisers are only given anonymised and aggregated data.” It also adds: “Facebook is a free service and something that many people find adds value to their day-to-day lives. As with any service, users do need to invest some time in order to use it properly and we encourage people to use their privacy settings to do this and to access the Help Centre for support.”

A more recent version of the app shows that it does download “your friends’ profile photos and other info from Facebook” to add to your iPhone address book.

By rjcool

I am a geek who likes to talk tech and talk sciences. I work with computers (obviously) and make a living.

33 thoughts on “Facebook Steals Numbers and Data from your iPhone!”
  1. I use the iPhone Facebook app and I use the contact sync feature and it’s never posted publicly any contacts I’ve sent Facebook from my phone. What is the danger here, exactly? How does it “steal” numbers when the image this article provides clearly shows consent that needs to be granted? How is that stealing at all? How is this a security risk?

  2. bully, eres un gilipollas que me tiene que comer la polla, porque no vales para ninguna otra cosa. olvidate de “hackiar”, y dedicate a pastar, como ganado que eres

  3. @ ted dancen

    facebook would never say yes we have your numbers and data

    and because you don’t see it you think that everything is allright ^^

    omg so naiv

  4. estos ignorantes no saben nada de hackers
    facebook no es seguro yo lo he comprobado
    a ya el animal que tenga cuenta ahi

  5. guys guys, wait a minute.

    if i press yes, then it does what i specifically told it to do,
    if i press no, nothing happens.

    oh. okay.

  6. All that I can think of in response to your question Mr. Dancen is the south park episode that pokes fun at both the Apple Corporation and the Human Centipede. If you haven’t seen it I recommend you go watch it

  7. All the phone numbers in your phone are now on Facebook. To change, go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, left side of screen and click CONTACTS. You will see all phone numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) that are published that you have stored in your mobile phone. TO REMOVE, go to right column, click on “this page.”

  8. TELEPHONE NUMBER OF ALL now on Facebook! No joke – go upwards to the right of the screen, click on Account, then Edit Friends Go to the top left of the screen and click on Contacts. All the Telephone numbers of your friends are published.

  9. Ted Dancen-

    Although you may have some skeptical feelings about this article, instead of seeing it as something to argue with use it as help or useful information, these people are not trying to do anything but warn us, theres no harm in this information being false anyways regardless. So, no need to waste your time arguing just take it into consideration and be safe! 😉

    No disrespect my friend

  10. Wait, so everyone gets all hyped up about fancy new phones and social media so they can take their “world” wherever they go. Then they get upset when they can?

  11. This message posted on August 2010 but people are commenting after one year ?
    so after that many things might happened..
    what it could be ?

  12. It stores the data in it’s database. As for your consent, once you press the I Accept button, it has open access to your adress book. Now, I have no clue wether it accesses it everytime it syncs, or everytime you open the app until you turn of syncing, but the Facebook is evil nonetheless.

  13. NO matters…. there are millions of users and we are not terrorist for whom it will engage itself for looking our msg and contact list… There is no risk..

  14. Para seguridad nigun sitio es seguro!!!! no solo facebook comparte informacion y/o saca informacion de tu “smartphone” tambien Google lo hace con sus “droid” todos esos que dicen” oh es un buen telefono, o mejor telefono” BS!! si no entras un email(gmail.com) no puedes hacer nada!! en esa garra de telefonos y si pones un email en un “Dorid” solo entra a tu cuenta “gmail” desde tu PC y alli esta tus contactos!!! y no se diga de tus fotos o documentos o cosas “privadas”(segun tu)que tienes en tu “droid” por eso yo mejor aui le sigo con mi telefonito de la epoca del caldo.

  15. im so tired of the government doing this crap. they can shut me down on the internet, i dont care! i am still me and i will fight for what we all deserve.

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