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Whether you have been aware of it or not, Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for a number of years. Recently, several Twitter users have reported finding months or even years worth of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. Following the recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, many Facebook users have been unsettled which has prompted them to download all of the data that Facebook stores on their account. For some, the results were shocking.

“Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone call, cellphone call and text I made for about a year,” according to Twitter user Mat Johnson. Dylan Mckay, another Twitter user says, “Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner’s mum.”

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Facebook has been requesting to access contacts, SMS data and even call history from Android devices apparently to improve its friend recommendation algorithm and gain the ability to distinguish between business contacts and the people who you actually know as close personal friends or family members. Facebook is able to gather this data through the Messenger app, which will prompt Android users to merge their SMS function on their cell phone directly with the app.

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You may have noticed that Facebook has recently been prompting Messenger users with an option to “continuously upload all contact data,” which, you guessed it, includes call and text history.

You may be feeling safe or relieved because you have not accepted this invitation or merged your SMS feature with Facebook’s Messenger, but as Ars Technica points out, that the troubling part of this is that Facebook has actually been doing this for years, especially in a time when permissions on Android were less strict. Google changed permissions on Android to make them more clear, but developers could continue to bypass this and access the call and SMS data that was already agreed to.



What Does Facebook Have To Say?

Facebook seems to think that it’s perfectly fine and normal for an app to access your phone call history when you are uploading your contacts on to social apps. “The most important part of apps and services that help you make connections is to make it easy to find the people you want to connect with,” says a Facebook spokesperson, in response to the query from Ars Technica. “So, the first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it’s a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts.”

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Maybe so, but we are never given much insight as to why they are doing this in the first place. That is the real question here, why are they recording and storing all of this information? According to Mr. Edward Snowden, it’s actually quite simple…

Edward Snowden weighed in on what he feels Facebook is, : a surveillance company.

Does This Concern You?

If you’re thinking, I have nothing to hide, why should I be worried? Well, you don’t necessarily need to be worried, but regardless of if you have something to hide or not this is your privacy we are talking about. Some things simply need to be kept private, and we have a right to it. The only real way to avoid this is to either delete Facebook altogether or uninstall the messenger app. With so much controversy lately over privacy issues and censorship, Facebook is really digging themselves a big hole. Will this be the push to finally get people to leave and find a different social media platform? It’s possible, but with Facebook so heavily embedded in our modern society, it’s almost hard to imagine a life without it, but perhaps it is time.

Now if you’re thinking, how ironic that I saw this article posted on Facebook, well, this is a great point, but as of now there are still so many active users on Facebook that it is necessary to for this type of content to be seen, even though Facebook has completely cut down the organic reach for all pages. Let’s not forget about the amount of censorship that is going on as well. That being said, Facebook is obviously still useful in so many ways, but it just seems that some changes need to be made.

What do you think? Is it finally time to ditch Facebook or should we be in control of monitoring our own security more closely? Let us know in the comments section.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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