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Until Google [ANDROID API?] instituted some changes in October 2017
deadline for claims Nov 2017
allowing an app to access your contacts could also give it access to the kinds of call and text records in question in this matter. According to the report, all of the call and text records end in October 2017 -- which suggests, but does not prove, that the main Facebook app for Android was taking advantage of that method to get the data.
I dunno. Do the court's findings in the Final Order "prove" device manufactures' firmware did not prevent an "app developer" utilizing TCP/IP, SMS ports to query OS registry or transmit data stored in SIM or SD cards?
Also of note is that Apple's iOS, the operating system on the iPhone and iPad, doesn't allow that kind of access to call and text data at all without very specific permission [?]. That means Apple fans don't have to worry as much about Facebook having call or text records.
Permision? Such as alternate user contact info to "recover" a password. How many "app" subscribers have voluntarily turned over a cell phone number, I wonder idly.

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by Cat on Thu Mar 29th, 2018 at 11:19:36 PM EST
I was wondering. There is no Android permission called anything like "phone call and text message metadata". I am quite certain that I never gave anyone that permission, because GOOGLE never posed the question. They are the primary guilty party here, because they are the "trusted" intermediary who betrayed trust.

Yeah I may end up getting an eyefone. (I already bought one for my daughter. Artists need apples.)

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by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 04:52:52 PM EST
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"Metadata" is a block of hidden (XML format) text akin to indicia or watermark or time stamp automatically prepended by the application used to create a file, for example, SMPT, SMS message/e-mail or pdf or MSFT Word (document properties). Back in Netscape days email metadata was called a "header" and comparatively simple to display, if not modify or delete.

Permissions, use of and ownership right to (IPR), disputed lately concern user-input (eg. form responses, file uploads) and "app developer" processes (not displayed) of the application that collect information about user onsite and offsite activities and derivative data thereof (eg. anonymized IPR) created by "app developer". Facebook's advertised defense ("customized" user settings, preferences, "experience," reporting) and legal (Terms of Service contract, "By using this site ...") defenses are by no means unique methods of vacating users' inherent property rights.

I gave up on Apple after PowerPC and whole lot of BS to lock-in developers and customers to poorly documented, programmed obsolescence.

And I'm extremely bearish about G+ horizontal "trust" -- commercial crossing educational "account" distribution.

Were I still trading on digital DT pre-pro, design, or illustration? I'd be more concerned about Adobe "cloud" computing and licensing racket.

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by Cat on Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 11:03:52 PM EST
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