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Facebook Back on the Defensive, Now Over Data Deals With Device Makers

Facebook Back on the Defensive, Now Over Data Deals With Device Makers

Senior Facebook officials, however, defended the data-sharing agreements and claimed that they do no violate the US Federal Trade Commission's 2011 consent decree and are consistent with the company's privacy policies.

Facing new accusations about how it handles users' data, Facebook says "we disagree" with reports that the company exposed a wealth of private information to other tech giants as part of its plan to become ubiquitous on mobile devices.

Over the last decade, Facebook shared the private data of Facebook users with at least 60 device-making companies including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, according to an investigation published by the New York Times.

However, Facebook blasted back at the Times report, saying the newspaper has misinterpreted the goal and function of its so-called "device-integrated APIs" - the software that allows hardware companies to bridge into Facebook's database to offer versions of the app on their operating systems.

The report comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, sparking calls from lawmakers across the world to investigate the company's practices related to its users' privacy.

Sens. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, sent more questions to Facebook on Tuesday, in the wake of more concerns over data from the world's largest social network.

Parakilas told the Financial Times that while Facebook said it had blocked apps from acquiring the data held by app users' friends, "in the case of hardware manufacturers they didn't do that". The New York Times says that it discovered that the manufacturers were able to access data from members' friends even if they had specifically banned Facebook from using their data.

A look at the lawsuit filed against Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and why he's being accused of weaponizing data. By repeatedly allowing a multitude of companies access to user data without knowing how it is being used, the company has proven time and time again it can not be trusted to take user privacy seriously.

The data included information such as relationship status, religion, political affiliation and planned events.

However, upon seeing what these "partnerships" are really capable of, The New York Times connected one of their reporter's Facebook accounts to a 2013 BlackBerry phone via the Hub app. The politicians didn't confine their inquiry to device sharing, either - they wanted to know what other data sharing methods Facebook had.

"These partners signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other goal than to recreate Facebook-like experiences", Archibong said in the blog. "To bridge this gap, we built a set of device-integrated APIs that allowed companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their individual devices or operating systems".

8/ This wasn't a small misstatement - the crux of Facebook's argument was that they fixed the friend permission problem in 2014. "This company from what I've seen has disregarded a consent decree and behaved in a way that is inimical to consumers' interest..."

'It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook's testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled'.


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