TA/Kayak App Shares Data with Facebook Without Consent

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In case you didn't see this, TA and Kayak apps were listed as apps that contact Facebook without consent. Skyscanner and Yelp are also listed as privacy violators. See https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/12/31/report-popular-android-apps-like-trip-advisor-kayak-and-indeed-shared-data-with-facebook-without-explicit-consent/

https://privacyinternational.org/report/2647/how-apps-android-share-data-facebook-report

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Back in my days as a computer operatoron graveyard shift, I was left a not to NOT run anything a certain programmer may have requested. I thought that was the stupidest instruction I had ever received as I knew if he wanted to infect the system with something, he could have done so without anyone knowing it and deleted all evidence of it as it completed. Zuckerberg can sit and lie with straight face as he speak with fork-ed tongue.

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Not surprised. All the places used on the Internet steal whatever they want and we will never be aware of it because WE are the ones required to give them info and they are the ones who can bury trolls (coding) that we cnanot detect.

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I have a feeling that Google's next version of Android is going to have to have a new privacy system installed. Skyscanner actually said that they didn't know that their system was contacting Facebook, so I bet they fix their app, but T/A has been known for leaking data. I won't even go to their website without an anonymous tab at all. 

I don't think ANYTHING is as creepy as when you visit a website and it then thinks it's appropriate to email you suggestion based on what you looked it. It's the reason I no longer shop at Staples. It's SO CREEPY.

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Generic wrote:

I don't think ANYTHING is as creepy as when you visit a website and it then thinks it's appropriate to email you suggestion based on what you looked it. 

Guess I never figured I was interesting enough for folks to be interested and I'd probably share private business willingly if someone asked, but I agree that it is a pain getting email or ads following me on the net just because I looked at an item, yet I have to laugh at the money these folks must be spending trying to sell me something that I won't ever purchase.

At present I get a daily email to purchase a rebuilt truck engine, but gee I don't need one, I looked to see what they cost because my son has a need, yet my motivation in looking was to use the information to suggest the cost of an engine would make a good down payment on a better truck. If I had a need I would be a bit afraid of a company so desperate to sell that they become annoying. 

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I wish there was a way to tell Google that I'm a B&B owner... when guests set themselves up a reminder of a stay... I get one two sometimes. Like I need the reminder?

Staples is just creepy. They looked at it as a one time expense to get it to email their customers. Of course they didn't look at how many they would lose for being so damn creepy about it. 

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I still have the GA code on my site, but I removed that pixel thing when I found out it was sending data to Facebook without even clicking on it.

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