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Facebook Portal Privacy Walkback: device collects data
When Facebook entered the Smart Speaker business last week, it wanted to emphasize that it understood potential privacy concerns for Facebook Portal and Portal + devices.
The company then said that four forms of protection were used …  NordVPN
- A physical cover for the camera when not in use
- A mechanical switch to physically disconnect the camera circuitry
- No Video Recording Features
- No Data Collection
reports that more than a week later, Facebook has gone back the last of these claims.
Last Monday we wrote: "No data collected through Portal – even call log data or app usage data, such as the fact that you have Spotify – is used to target users with ads on Facebook." We wrote that, because we were told by Facebook managers.
But the company has now tried to change its answer: Facebook portal does not have Ave ads, but you can target data about who you're calling and which apps you use on the portal to ads on other Facebook sites.
"Portal voice calls are based on the Messenger infrastructure Make a video call on portal, we collect the same kinds of information (ie usage data as the duration of the calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other messenger-enabled devices We may use this information to inform you of the ads that we show you on our platforms Other general usage data, such as sharing apps, etc., may also feed into the information we use to serve ads "said a spokesperson in an email to Recode.
Things for even more messy when Recode called the company for clarification. Rafa Camargo, product manager for the Facebook portal, said that data could be used for ad targeting but that the company did not intend to do so – although "potentially" could be used.  So that's clear.
It seems odd that a company concerned about privacy is launching a device that brings a Facebook camera and a microphone into the home. It seems almost crazy that the company either lied or was so disorganized that its own product team did not know that the Facebook portal was collecting data – and that its product VP still does not know how the data is being used.
My advice Someone who wants to buy a Facebook portal would buy an iPad instead.
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