The social network giant admitted reading users' messages, saying it was using the data to help launch its own messaging service, London's Sunday Times reports.
The newspaper said other companies accessing smartphone users' personal data included Flickr, the dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger.
It was claimed that some apps enable companies to intercept phones calls, and that YouTube was capable of remotely operating accessing and operating users' smartphones to take photos and video.
ninemsn 27 Feb 2012
Another 'breach' in user privacy by the corporate giants.
User data is being shared by the world's I.T companies hidden in plain sight in the terms and conditions in the EULA (End User License Agreement) by companies like Apple, HP, Micorosoft and many others.
Users 'trust' the companies with their data, but this trust is broken, as this data is used and sold between different entities.
In the corporate world there are no penalties for these kinds of breaches, rather rewards.