Facebook’s recently announced home assistant, Portal, can collect video call data to use for targeted advertisements — despite being marketed as “private by design” — according to a spokesman.
Despite originally claiming that the assistant, which aims to be a competitor to Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices and Google Home, would not collect data for advertisements, Facebook later corrected its earlier statement.
usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices,” declared a Facebook spokesman to the Independent.
On Portal’s official website, Facebook advertises the device as “private by design.”
This year, Facebook has been at the center of numerous privacy and user data scandals, with the latest incident in September leaving 50 million users vulnerable.