back to article Facebook fires sueball at 'malicious' app SDK makers, accuses them of gobbling up people's personal information

Facebook on Thursday said it had filed two separate lawsuits in the US and UK to prevent unsanctioned snarfing of people's personal data and the inflation of likes on posts. Over in the UK, the ad giant, in conjunction with Facebook Ireland, filed a claim in the London High Court against developer Fatih Haltas and his two …

  1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

    Otter: He can't do that to our pledges.

    Boon: Only we can do that to our pledges.

    1. beep54
      Devil

      This sueball looks like the pot unironically calling the kettle black.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe I'm getting this wrong ..

    .. but isn't the security and access control of Facebook's facilities a Facebook issue rather than that of a third party?

    Who are they trying to fool with this deflection, or is it more because the company in question found a way to use the data without paying Facebook?

    1. iron Silver badge

      Re: Maybe I'm getting this wrong ..

      Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a WINNER!

  3. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge
    1. MrDamage

      Re: Oh look, there it is again:

      Pages and pages worth, and only one of them got it right that I saw.

      https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/social-media-addiction-chisinau-moldova-august-facebook-logo-reflected-eye-76520296.jpg

  4. logicalextreme Silver badge

    Goodness me

    Not the inflation of likes on posts?! This world is truly beyond redemption.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Goodness me

      Have an inflation.

  5. JassMan

    Pot meet Kettle

    Thank god I don't use Facebook or even have an account just for signing in to other websites.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Pot meet Kettle

      What do you do when a scorpion gets pissed off with a snake?

      Buy popcorn.

      1. Marketing Hack Silver badge
        Go

        Re: Pot meet Kettle

        I'd place a bucket or a trough over the two of them, and go inside and eat the popcorn.

        1. Tom Chiverton 1

          Re: Pot meet Kettle

          It'd be too dark under the trough to see the popcorn wouldn't it?

  6. 759b954e-617b-408b-a2b1-f5a42c3688d4

    Ouch!

    The irony! It Burns!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Could not have happened to a nicer company (sic)

    Die Facebook (and take Google dow with you ... please)

    The world would be a far better place without their insatiable appetite for data slurping.

  8. IGotOut Silver badge

    Let me get this right...

    Advertising scum used SDK as designed and released to obtain data freely given out by Facebook?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pinky Swear

    So, Mark Zuckerberg creates an advertising SDK that allowed app developers, phone manufacturers and providers to have low-level access to users data and the only protections and safeguards was a pinky swear not to abuse the access?

    Mark Zuckerberg allowed Alcatel to have low-level access to users social media data and Alcatel has been creating malicious apps to spy on users and commit advertising fraud on behalf of the Chinese state:

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/malware-found-preinstalled-on-some-alcatel-smartphones/

    https://www.gadgetguy.com.au/tcl-and-alcatel-direct-links-to-massive-spyware-operation/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/technology/facebook-device-partnerships-china.html

    Most recently I have seen that the Android phones that are being distrbuted by Assurance Wireless and Access Wireless through the government funded Lifeline program have started to come with stubs for Facebook Orca, Katana, Messenger, Facebook Lite and have the system apps: Facebook installer and Facebook App Manager and these phones have pre-installed malware and a pre-installed rootkit:

    https://wuffs.org/blog/digitime-tech-fota-backdoors

    https://blog.malwarebytes.com/android/2020/07/we-found-yet-another-phone-with-pre-installed-malware-via-the-lifeline-assistance-program/

    So Facebook with it's unlimited money and resources refuses to properly research the developers or phone manufacturers and again just moves fast and breaks things, which in this case is the privacy and security of users and the nation.

  10. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    "...requested data from Facebook, including the person’s...time zone..."

    Your browser tells me the timezone offset for any date. (And I could deduce it, if it didn't.) And most timezones have some historic perculiarity that uniquely identifies them. So I can probe dates to work out the timezone set on your computer.

    The workarounds are either display all times in UTC or display historically incorrect times for past dates. But all in all, having properly displayed dates are probably an acceptable trade off for giving away your timezone to snoops.

  11. Version 1.0 Silver badge
    Unhappy

    WHat's next?

    Will gun manufacturers start suing the Black Lives Matter protesters for making the cops fire their guns at people getting into their cars?

    It's all stupid, lawsuits like this are just stupidity on drugs - we need to change our behavior, not sue people because we're rich idiots.

  12. whoseyourdaddy

    Actually can't blame them for trying.

    I get recruiter calls: "want to work in Palo Alto as a contractor?"

    "Cambridge Analytica." *click*

    Can't think of a reason they would design a consumer device that I am comfortable with.

    And, never paying $4K a month for a 600sq ft. studio apartment in fkn Palo Alto.

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