Maria Montero

Popular third-party applications that send personal user data to …

Facebook has already become one of the largest, if not the largest, repository of personal user data and, if the reports are to be believed, third-party apps are pumping more of your data into Facebook without getting your permission. A study has determined that at least 20 of 34 popular Android apps like Kayak, TripAdvisor and more are submitting personal information to the social media giant.

The Privacy International study said the data that is sent may not immediately identify you, but it can be used to track someone else based on the apps they have installed. According to the study, Kayak actually sends Facebook data about the destination and flight search, or whether or not children are traveling with you.

If this is true, it will be a serious violation of the recently introduced GDPR rules in Europe. However, to be fair, “Facebook’s relevant development kit did not provide the option to ask for permission until GDPR went into effect,” says a Engadget report.

In response to the report, Facebook said that users should know when an app sends data and have “control” whether the data is linked to it. Facebook also emphasized the fact that the Clear History feature will help and also that developers can disable automatic data collection.

Recent news on Facebook includes a survey by research company Toluna that indicated that 40 percent of respondents said they trust Facebook less with their personal information. The sample size was 1,000 people. the results were published by Recode