Facebook Home, still a fresh announcement and of course privacy is a valid concern among all potential users. As such the social network giant has already released a quite extensive list of answers to leave in the open what will be a stake once users install Home or buy a new phone with the new software pre-installed (e.g., HTC First).
“Answering Your Questions on Home and Privacy” is a document that addresses concerns such as: if users have to continue using Home after is installed, what information will the company collect, etc.
It wouldn’t make sense to think that Facebook won’t be collecting any kind of personal information, that is one of the core business to target users with related advertisements. Also you have to remember that the company has already collected a vast amount of data about you, so how much difference could Facebook Home make? Nevertheless, the social network will collect: likes and comments, and apps you’ve installed in the new launcher.
However, Facebook has noted that information about apps will only be identifiable for 90 days and the information will be used to improve the service. Furthermore, Home does keep track on which apps trigger notifications on the phone, but not the actual content of the notifications.
Among other things, Facebook Home will not track your location differently from how the Facebook app already uses your location.
The company is also saying that all the information it collects will be related to Facebook Home alone, meaning that activities in other apps and searches, for example, are not in the company’s interest to track.
Of course at the end of the day, if you want to avoid any Facebook Home privacy issues, you’ll be better off not using the application.
Via The Verge