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How to find that a company copuld not care less about your Privacy?

The trade offs of the Web and Digital world are well known: Vendors do not charge Consumers for using their software products. Consumers pay by allowing advertisement content on their computers and Smart Phones screens.

Vendors such as facebook, Google and many other vendors and service providers collect and analyze personal data. 

When it comes to selling the Consumer Private Data  it is a different issue.
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal is an example. 

I am surely do not agree with selling Customers Private Data without their explicit permission, however, I am able to understand why some employees or some companies could sell the data. The motivation is earning more money.

Not taking enough care of customers Privacy without any benefit is beyond my understanding. 

You should not trust any company for protecting your Privacy do it yourself.
It is a good practice not to publish private information, if not necessary. Your Private Data is Unforgettable
If a company deliberately not taking care of your Privacy it could not care less about it, however it is very difficult to distinguish between deliberate careless and poor design and implementation.  


Facebook Messenger in my Xiomi Smart Phone 

When someone receives a Smart Phone application message an alert sound is notifying him about the new message.
This notification method is used by applications such as SMS, Whatsapp etc.
It is also used by Facebook Messenger, however the sender's picture is stuck on the screen (you can roll it down until it will disappear). 

This feature is unique to Facebook Messenger. 
I suspect that it appears not only on Xioni's phones but on other vendor's phones as well.

This weird feature is an example of not caring about Privacy without any benefit to Facebook. 
It could be a poor design without any intention to compromise Privacy, however the bottom line is reduced Privacy. 

Nobody sitting next to you will notice an SMS or Whatsapp message sender's identity. 
Anybody sitting next to you Will see the picture appearing on the screen accompanying a Facebook Messenger message. 
He may know the sender and will be aware of some interaction between you and that sender.

After the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal Facebook should avoid of Privacy issues. Even minor issues.




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