Facebook Allows Manufacturers Like Samsung, BlackBerry, And Apple Access To User Data

Facebook Allows Manufacturers Like Samsung, BlackBerry, And Apple Access To User Data

More significantly, the agreements provided access to friend's data, raising compliance issues with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. The partnerships give some device makers access to Facebook users' education history, relationship status, work, religion, political leaning and upcoming events, the Times reported.

It's certainly connected. Cambridge Analytica was able to get its hands on the data of so many Facebook users-up to 87 million-because Facebook used to make it easy for third parties to get data on Facebook users and everyone with whom those users were connected.

While Facebook claimed that the Cambridge Analytica scandal was the end of open access to user data, this NYT article proves that that is not exactly true.

Facebook might have thought that it could ease up now that the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal was dying down slightly, but a New York Times report has again put the company's policies under a spotlight.

But Facebook rejected claims that friends' data was available to device makers without a users' consent.

A reporter for The New York Times found that once he'd connected his Facebook account to a BlackBerry phone, it requested his profile data including users ID, name and picture, retrieved his private messages and responses and the user ID of each person he was communicating with.

The newspaper revealed that over the years, Facebook (FB) had struck data-sharing deals with Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Microsoft (MSFT) and other smartphone and tablet makers.

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'This was flagged internally as a privacy issue, ' in 2012 said Parakilas, who left Facebook that year and is now a harsh critic of the company.

According to the report, Apple stopped accessing Facebook data last September, while Microsoft used its access to the data for notification and contact purposes only, holding no data on its own servers.

This would mean that the likes of Apple and Samsung have had potential access to user data for some time. Those APIs were launched by Facebook a decade ago, before app stores were common, and allows device makers to offer Facebook features, such as the Like button and messaging, on their phones.

According to the post, partners signed agreements preventing the data from being used for anything other than "Facebook-like experiences" on devices. "As always we're working closely with our partners to provide alternative ways for people to still use Facebook", concluded Facebook's vice president of product partnerships. "And we approved the Facebook experiences they built", said Facebook's product partnerships chief, Ime Archibong, in a blog post.

"We are not aware of any abuse by these companies", he added, noting that Facebook has been "winding down access" to the software.

Officials at Facebook said that the practice of allowing app developers to collect information from users' friends without their consent was cut off by 2015.

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