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Why is communication to Facebook trackers needed?
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:43:56 »
Hi,

I am referring to the 35C3 report (summary here, in German: https://heise.de/-4260084 ) which is about excessive usage of trackers in Android apps.

According to https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/reports/6797/ analysis, for Locus (free) this may be:

Facebook Analytics
Facebook Login
Facebook Places
Facebook Share
Google Ads
Google Analytics
Google CrashLytics
Google Firebase Analytics

Is that correct and why Facebook?

Wishing you the best for 2019 and ongoing success for Locus. Which is good for all of us 😁

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Re: Why is communication to Facebook trackers needed?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 13:20:15 »
Good day Tapio,

rather check latest version: https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/reports/52121/

Facebook tracker was not possible to disable before, but I've found a way so in the latest version, it is already disabled.

Google Analytics is step by step changing to Firebase Analytics, so it will be during 2019 completely removed. So the only tracking system should be "Firebase Analytics", which I hope is safe and secure. It's purpose is to monitor usage of some functions and usage of app.

Wish a good coming year as well ;).
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Re: Why is communication to Facebook trackers needed?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 16:43:54 »
Facebook tracker was not possible to disable before, but I've found a way so in the latest version, it is already disabled.

Google Analytics is step by step changing to Firebase Analytics, so it will be during 2019 completely removed. So the only tracking system should be "Firebase Analytics", which I hope is safe and secure. It's purpose is to monitor usage of some functions and usage of app.

Great, it's nice to hear you are aware of it. There's probably quite a few developers around who simply aren't exactly aware of what exactly they in their software. Also, many apps need to much unneeded privileges. Not because the devs are necessarily evil people, just because they do not know everything :-D
 

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Re: Why is communication to Facebook trackers needed?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 17:03:00 »
This is correct. Anyway, every unneeded library usually means additional CPU usage & battery usage = really unwanted mainly in case of this app :). I've already removed "Contacts" permission thanks to new login system into Locus Store. Anyway, the number of permissions is same as I see in the mentioned online web page, because we added three new permissions for new Samsung Gear add-on.
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