Facebook goes to court against data-stealing Chrome extensions | Business

O Facebook filed a lawsuit in Portugal against two people who developed and provided extensions for Google Chrome to steal data. In an announcement Thursday (14), the company said browser plugins had collected information related to or unrelated to the social network without user consent.

Facebook (Image: Thomas Ulrich / Pixabay)

Facebook (Image: Thomas Ulrich / Pixabay)

The process of targeting “Oink and Stuff”, is responsible for four extensions called “Blue Messenger”, “Emoji keyboard”, “Green Messenger” and “Web for Instagram plus DM”. According to the social network, these plugins are “malicious” and have “hidden computer code that acts like spyware”.

The company explains that the extensions have collected both Facebook data and information from users’ browsers unrelated to the social network, although the privacy policy states otherwise. Among the data obtained from social networks are names, user IDs, relationship status, etc.

In a statement, Facebook also indicated that its security system was not affected. “The defendants did not compromise Facebook’s security system,” they explained. “Instead, they used extensions on users’ devices to collect information.”

This is another action the company is taking against developers improperly gathering information from users on social media. As noted by ZDNetThe company has filed lawsuits against companies that abuse social media since 2019, whether for stealing data or even selling comments, likes, and followers on Instagram.

“We are looking for a permanent ban on the defendants and asking them to delete all Facebook data they own,” they claimed. “This incident is the result of our relentless international efforts to detect and prevent data thieves from Facebook users, including those who use browser extensions to compromise. everyone’s browser. “

With information: ZDNet and Facebook (Newsroom)

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