Facebook Gave User Data To 60 Companies

Facebook's reasoning for the situation is that it does not see these manufacturers as third parties. "All these partnerships were built on a common interest - the desire for people to be able to use Facebook whatever their device or operating system".

A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018.

Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. What was the point of permitting these hardware makers to have this information?

The aforementioned reporter used an older BlackBerry device to access all that information-apparently BlackBerry's more recent, Android-based phones "do not use the same private channels", per the Times article. Now, shares have recovered all of their losses. According to a story in the New York Times on Sunday, this has been going on for over ten years.

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Although Facebook reportedly began to end these partnerships this past April, a lot of them are still alive to this very day. A Microsoft representative said the company started working with Facebook in 2008 but said no data was synced with Microsoft servers as it was stored locally on the phones powered by Microsoft. As usual, when Facebook is given an option to be open and transparent, it opts for obfuscation.

According to The Times, Facebook has partnership deals on the books with major mobile device manufacturers, including Samsung, BlackBerry, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and more.

She has only mentioned BlackBerry because it was the only name given by Facebook when explaining or justifying its partnerships and agreements with device makers. Late last month, he testified before European Union lawmakers, where he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal data.

While Facebook says these agreements were important and that it had tight control over these partnerships from the get-go, even company employees weren't happy allowing outside companies to access their users' data. Archibong also pointed out Facebook's agreements with the companies were created to prevent misuse, and the company knew of none.

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While Facebook has been working on de-mystifying how it tackles privacy, with a somewhat robotic-looking Mark Zuckerberg being pimped out to US Congress' question time, it seems like the social network has plenty of historical privacy problems and gremlins left beneath its surface.

Facebook even is disingenuous when it is trying to be complimentary.

Mark Zuckerberg had admitted that data of users may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica. But the Times says Facebook provided far-ranging access - and possibly broke rules in a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission, in which Facebook agreed that its users' data wouldn't be shared with third parties without their consent.

Facebook's inability to respond sensibly to critiques isn't a trivial matter for investors.

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