Facebook contests analytics firm over supposed information gathering

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Facebook has filed a government claim in California against the New Jersey-based information analytics firm OneAudience claiming it purportedly harvested information from the social network.

The social networking giant claims that the firm paid application developers to install its Software Development Kit (SDK) in their applications which were utilized to gather information on Facebook clients without their insight.

As indicated by court documents got by ZDNet, the SDK was inserted in a wide variety of applications and some were even made accessible through the official Google Play Store. In its complaint, Facebook gave more subtleties on the sort of data OneAudience purportedly harvested, saying:

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“After a user installed one of these apps on their device, the malicious SDK enabled OneAudience to collect information about the user from their device and their Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts, in instances where the user logged into the app using those accounts. Concerning Facebook, OneAudience used the malicious SDK – without authorization from Facebook – to access and obtain a user’s name, email address, locale (i.e. the country that the user logged in from), time zone, Facebook ID, and, in limited instances, gender.”

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