Using any kind of software which has access to your personal data means that you should know how that access will be used, and choose accordingly whether you want to allow that access or not. Be informed and if you see reports of privacy issues with a piece of software which make you concerned, read up on the topic across a range of sources to find out what is actually happening. The internet is concurrently the worlds best source of information and biggest source of scaremongering misinformation.
If the terms of the software prove not to be to your liking, then don’t use it. No-one is forcing you to send messages over Facebook; there are many other options available to you.
The following articles from respected technology sources go into more researched and detailed explanations of the current topic.
- Why is the Messenger app requesting permission to access features on my Android phone or tablet? (Facebook)
- Facebook Messenger (Snopes)
- Don’t Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App Permissions (Mashable)
- Facebook Defends Privacy-Violating Messenger App (Liberty Voice)
- Facebook Messenger: Much ado about nothing (ZD Net)
- Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What to Know (Wall Street Journal – Digits Blog)
- Facebook Messenger gives users more control of privacy options on iOS (TechRepublic)