Facebook shared user data with Apple and Samsung

Posted June 05, 2018

"Contrary to claims by the New York Times, friends" information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends, ' Archibong wrote.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook shared users' data with third-party firms making such as Apple, BlackBerry (???), Microsoft and Samsung, according to The New York Times.

The report stated that the deals let Facebook expand its reach, and gave manufacturers access to popular Facebook features such as messaging, like buttons, and contact information that could be synchronised with address books.

The deals may have breached Facebook's compliance with a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordering the company to keep users' information private.

The agreements also gave device makers access to Facebook users' friends' data, without their approval, despite the company's insistence that it would not share the information, the report said. 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.

The report comes as Facebook has come under scrutiny for its handling of private data after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica accessed millions of users' private information.

Written by Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, the post says that these data agreements were a matter of necessity.

The worst thing about the latest revelation involving Facebook Inc. and its questionable stewardship of people's personal information is that the company has again shown that it never learns from its own mistakes.

The data-sharing arrangements date from as early as 2008; a lot of them continue through to today, although Facebook began dismantling some of the deals in April - the same month its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified about privacy protections and political propaganda in Congress. Facebook's rebuttal in the Times article and in a blog post dodges the obvious questions about the scope of Facebook's data-sharing arrangements with outside companies.

Archibong also said that these cases were "very different" from the use of data by third party developers in the Cambridge row.

There are legitimate and useful reasons for a smartphones and other internet-connected gadgets to strike agreements permitting them access to Facebook's user information.

"We are not aware of any abuse by these companies", Facebook adds.

Facebook used Twitter to push back against some of the lawmakers, telling Cicilline that the Times "is wrong about user controls".

Facebook began shutting down use of the APIs in April as part of its response to the Cambridge Analytica row. Twenty-two of the partnerships have since ended, it said.

"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", he said. A BlackBerry (bb) spokesperson told the paper that the Canadian firm "did not collect or mine the Facebook data of [its] customers".