File - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile device in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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The news that Facebook's Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting – and when – in the first place? The social network acknowledged Sunday that it began uploading call and text logs from phones running Google's Android system in 2015 – first via its Messenger app and later through an option in Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of its main app. Facebook added that only users who gave appropriate permission were affected, that it didn't collect the contents of messages or calls and that users can opt out of the data collection and have the stored logs deleted by changing their app settings. There's a reason Facebook's actions were restricted to Android phones.Many Android users aren't using the latest version of the software.Just over half of all Android users are using the two previous versions, which allow them to specifically reject the sharing of communication logs.Some app developers may have found greater access to user data on Android attractive – as Facebook did.
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