Despite assurances by Facebook that its new Home overlay for Android devices does not pose any privacy or security risks, some experts in the field remained unconvinced when it comes to corporate networks.
That’s the first thing I would block on my network.
J. Gold Associates Founder and Analyst Jack Gold chimed in:
It just has higher threat levels, because we just don’t know. It’s an Android device under the covers, but what has Facebook done?
IDC Analyst John Grady said:
If you’re using a phone where your entire experience revolves around Facebook, you’re going to be more apt to share information, either purposely or unintentionally. So much of security isn’t users doing things they shouldn’t be doing on purpose. A lot of it is accidental.
I don’t think the target is really business users, so I wouldn’t be that worried about a lot of prevalence of this in the business community, especially at first. But it never hurts to double down and make sure the policy is clear.
Like other parts of Facebook, Home collects information when you interact with the service, such as liking or commenting on a post or sending a message. Home also may collect other information about how you use it. For example, Facebook maintains a list of the applications that you have in the Home app launcher. We store this information in identifiable form for 90 days and use it to provide the service and improve how it works.
For devices that come with Home preinstalled, Home can display system notifications, meaning that it will show notifications from apps on your phone. Since these notifications appear in Home, Facebook collects information about the notification (such as which app is generating them), but not the content of the notification itself. We remove identifying information from this data after 90 days.
Facebook Home doesn’t use location in any way that’s different from the Facebook app you already have on your Android phone.
Readers: Do you think corporate IT departments should more closely examine Facebook Home?