Facebook Defends Giving Device Makers Access To Users' Data For Years

Facebook Defends Giving Device Makers Access To Users' Data For Years

Facebook Defends Giving Device Makers Access To Users' Data For Years

The paper said these data-sharing agreements, which involved the use of application programming interfaces (APIs), may have breached a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in which Facebook agreed to obtain users' "express consent" before sharing their data with third parties in new ways.

But the USA company contends those pacts were meant to help device makers create their own versions of Facebook apps, and the data mostly remained on phones that accessed it.

The New York Times discovered that the BlackBerry phone "was also able to retrieve identifying information for almost 295,000 Facebook users" and that "Facebook empowers BlackBerry devices to access more than 50 types of information about users and their friends".

The agreements allowed the social media company expand its reach and let the phone makers offer customers popular Facebook features.

The company allowed makers to access data of users' friends, even after saying that it would not share such information with outsiders, it is alleged.

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny in recent months over the Trump-linked firm's profiling of USA voters in order to target them with personalized political ads, using personal information it obtained from Facebook.

Microsoft said its API access ended in 2008, adding that the bridge was used to do things like add contacts and receive notifications, and that all data was stored locally on the user's device.

In premarket trading Monday, Facebook stock was down about 1.3%. So far there's no evidence that phone and tablet makers used Facebook data improperly, in sharp contrast to Cambridge Analytica consultants. 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.

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The Cambridge Analytica controversy led lawmakers to demand that Zuckerberg testify before two Congressional committees in April, during which he claimed, "Every piece of content that you share on Facebook you own".

The F.T.C.is already investigating whether the access to friends' data that Facebook allowed until 2015 violated the terms of its earlier consent decree with the regulator.

"Facebook and other data collectors, including these device manufacturers, should be prepared to come before Congress so that we can get a better grasp of the entire data collection ecosystem", New Jersey Rep.

The data sharing mentioned in the Times story was used over the last decade used by about 60 companies, including Amazon.com Inc, Apple, Blackberry Ltd, HTC Corp, Microsoft Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Ime Archibong, Facebook vice president of product partnerships, wrote in a blog post on June 3. The Times reports that most of the partnerships are still in effect, though Facebook started shutting them down in April, during its soul searching on privacy and data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

"Under the GDPR's new tools, we'll be able to use enforcement notices to require companies to delete algorithms or stop processing", said Denham.

A similar practice involving third-party apps on Facebook landed CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg before Congress during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Times story reports Facebook holds "data-sharing partnerships" with more than 60 device makers. In other words, they don't need to ask for additional consent from users just as Facebook doesn't need to.

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