Whenever you tap on a link in a social media application, you’re usually taken to an in-app browser rather than your default system browser. This may not seem like an issue on the surface. However, a new report lets us know that Facebook and Instagram can track your data when you use those in-app browsers.
Facebook and Instagram inject code using their in-app browsers
This was discovered by Felix Krause, and it gives us some insight into what two of the biggest social media platforms are doing. Whenever you tap on a link in Facebook or Instagram, they open a custom-built in-app browser to display that link.
When they open that browser, the apps then inject java code into each and every site you visit. This code allows the companies to keep track of every action that goes on in those sites. This means every button you press and every form you fill out.
The only way that the apps can do this is through their own browsers. If you open the link in your default system browser, the companies won’t be able to track your activities.
Meta did respond
In a statement to The Guardian, a Meta spokesperson said “Code is injected so that we can aggregate conversion events from pixels. For purchases made through the in-app browser, we seek user consent to save payment information for the purposes of autofill.”
While that could make sense, it’s still not something that people really want. The browsers do this for every website that you visit, and it monitors everything you do.
Along with aggregating conversion events and gathering autofill information, there’s another reason behind this (and yes, it has to do with advertisements). “The code allows us to aggregate user data before using it for targeted advertising or measurement purposes,“.
We’re not sure if Meta will face any backlash for doing this at this point. It’s possible that it will come up in a future lawsuit. Until then, if you don’t want all of your actions tracked, you might want to use your default browser when you see a link on these platforms.
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Published Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:22:40 +0000
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