The spy in an app
“Facebook maintains a list of individuals that its security guards must "be on lookout” for that is comprised of users who’ve made threatening statements against the company on its social network as well as numerous former employees.
“The company’s information security team is capable of tracking these individuals’ whereabouts using the location data they provide through Facebook’s apps and websites.”
There’s nothing wrong with Facebook maintaining a list of people who pose a potential security threat, but using data from its consumer apps to keep track of them is a gross abuse of trust.
Facebook should be going to the police with any security concerns, rather than turning to the tools it tells us are for ad targeting and using them for covert surveillance.
And here’s the thing – I’ve never once threatened a Facebook employee, and I’m not an ex-employee with a grudge. But I have criticised the company from time to time, and now I’m left wondering if I’m on a list somewhere within Facebook, or if I have had my location tracked by Facebook for reasons other than using their products or ad targeting.
I’d say that’s unlikely, but the very fact I’m wondering about it shows just how much power companies like Facebook have on our lives, and underlines how aspects of their work need to be reined in. Not letting them negotiate their fines would be a good start