If You Use Facebook Messenger, This Is How You Are Being Recorded Even When Not On The Phone:
My advice: If you have messenger on your phone delete it. Then re-download it and read the terms of agreement. This is sheer madness. Cellphone users who try to install the Facebook Messenger app are asked to agree to terms of service that enable the social networking giant to use the microphone on their device to record audio at any time without their permission.
As the screenshot below illustrates, users are made to accept an agreement that allows Facebook to “record audio with the microphone… at any time without your confirmation.”
The TOS also allows Facebook to take videos and pictures using the phone’s camera at any time without permission, as well as directly calling numbers, also without permission, that could incur charges.
But wait, there’s more! Facebook can also “read your phone’s call log” and “read data about contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.”
While most apps on Apple and Android devices include similar terms to those pictured above, this is surely the most privacy-busting set of mandates we’ve seen so far.
Since the majority of people will accept these terms without even reading them, cellphone users are agreeing to let Facebook monitor them 24/7, green lighting the kind of open-ended wiretap that would make even the NSA jealous.
Other app organizations are also demanding you allow them to approximate your location, send SMS messages from your phone that cost money, read your contacts, read your phone status and identification, get “full network access” to your communications (in other words listen to your phone calls), alter or delete the contents of your USB storage, and disable your screen lock.