Mozilla petition pushes Facebook to lock down app privacy

Mozilla petition pushes Facebook to lock down app privacy

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Mozilla, the nonprofit at the back of the Firefox internet browser, has introduced a petition to check out to force Fb into making its app extra non-public.

“Mozilla is looking Fb to modify its app permissions and make sure customers’ privateness is secure by means of default. And we are asking customers to face with us by means of signing our petition,” stated Mozilla privacy advocate Ashley Boyd in a blog post Tuesday.

Detailing her request, she stated: “Fb’s present app permissions go away billions of its customers susceptible with out understanding it. If you happen to play video games, learn information or take quizzes on Fb, chances are high that you’re doing the ones actions thru third-party apps and now not thru Fb itself. The default permissions that Fb offers to these 0.33 events lately come with knowledge out of your training and paintings, present town and posts for your timeline.”

The petition is the most recent force on Fb within the wake of revelations about how Cambridge Analytica was reportedly able to siphon data about millions of us on Facebook then feed that profile data into US and UK political campaigns. Thus far the placement has prompted multiple government investigations, the suspension of Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix, requires Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify earlier than Congress, and a viral push to quit Facebook.

Fb did not right away reply to a request for remark.

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