As technology continues to evolve, applications have become an integral part of our lives. However, not all applications have the best intentions when it comes to data collection. One such application is Threads, an Instagram app that employs predatory data collection.
Threads, which is owned by Meta (formerly known as Facebook), collects a vast amount of personal data from its users. According to the data information provided on the Google Play Store, Threads collects personal information such as name, email address, user IDs, phone number, political or religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. It also collects financial information such as user payment info, purchase history, credit score, and other financial information.
In addition to personal and financial data, Threads also collects health and fitness information, as well as message content, audio files, photos, and videos. It even collects web browsing and app performance data, which can be used by companies to target and track users.
While data collection is not uncommon among applications, the predatory data collection practices of Threads are concerning. The vast amount of personal and financial data collected by the application can put users at risk of identity theft, fraud, and other malicious activities.