Dylan McKay tweeted the pretty chilling results of his “survey,” having explained that he wrote a script to download his Facebook data in a ZIP file, which revealed that his entire calls and text history was stored there. The record included all contacts on his phone, including those that he had already deleted, as well as the time and duration of every single call he had ever made.
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP file— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) 21 марта 2018 г.
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner's mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
a historical record of every single contact on my phone, including ones I no longer have pic.twitter.com/XfiRX6qgHl— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) 21 марта 2018 г.
metadata about every text message I've ever received or sent— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) 21 марта 2018 г.
spoiler: I don't use messenger for SMS pic.twitter.com/ehWXhpnrrV
and the metadata of every cellular call I've ever made, including time and duration 😬😬 pic.twitter.com/Ykr3o0gZFu— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) 21 марта 2018 г.
Fellow users have been closely monitoring the thread on his feed; many have followed his lead checking their data and making sure that McKay was right.
Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone cellphone call and text I made for about a year- cool totally not creepy.— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) 23 марта 2018 г.
Other netizens made an interesting observation, saying that Apple’s software, IOS, wasn’t affected unlike Android, which synchronizes a person’s Facebook friend-list with cellphone contacts by default.
Actually I suspect it isn’t the case with iOS. There are permissions for contacts, but not for ‘phone’, which seems to be where call metadata is coming from. I’ll test this out later today myself.— ron_chav (@ron_chav) 24 марта 2018 г.
Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesperson has stated that the contact list uploading was optional and could be dismissed if needed, suggesting users to disable it themselves.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologized for the “breach of trust,” promising to make sure “this doesn’t happen again.”