Facebook s recently unveiled Android launcher app, Home, has been getting mixed reviews from people, some of whom are excited to see its social interaction capabilities while others are concerned about how Facebook might use it to access their personal information. Facebook has now responded to these concerns on their blog, clarifying that Home s privacy policies are no different from that of Facebook’s existing mobile apps. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
Facebook starts off by saying that there s no obligation to use Home and it is totally optional. It is just meant to enhance how social media platform functions and will in no way affect how the Facebook app works. If after installing Home, a user is not happy with it, one can always turn it off through the launcher s settings at any time.
Responding to the privacy concerns, Facebook says that the privacy settings and controls on Home are exactly the same as what you would find on the official app. Home will track the user s current location no different from how Facebook already does and that too only when allowed by the phone s user.
In addition to the above, as far as non-Facebook apps are concerned, Home will only collect data on what apps are being launched but not what is being done after that. Talking of user information, Home will only compile a list of apps that are present in the launcher, and track data related to them including which apps are responsible for notification. This information, Facebook adds, will only be relevant for a period of 90 days after which it will automatically be removed.
If you re still concerned about your privacy, you can find more information on Facebook’s Data Use Policy.