Facebook Defends Sharing User Data With Smartphone, Tablet Makers

Facebook Defends Sharing User Data With Smartphone, Tablet Makers

Facebook Defends Sharing User Data With Smartphone, Tablet Makers

In response to the report, The New York Times noted that Apple stopped accessing Facebook data since last September, BlackBerry didn't collect or mine Facebook data, and Microsoft simply used data to serve notifications and add friends contacts but didn't store any user data; only Samsung declined to comment.

The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, "like" buttons and address books.

The social media leader said it "disagreed" with the conclusions of a New York Times report that found that the device makers could access information on Facebook users' friends without their explicit consent.

The issue here is not that a Facebook user can access data about friends and friends-of-friends-it's that they're giving a non-Facebook company's software access to that information.

According to Facebook Vice President Ime Archibong, "these partnerships work very differently from the way in which app developers use our platform" and aren't similar to the way certain apps/games can gain access to your account information.

The new accusations center on Facebook's use of special APIs - application programming interfaces - that it created to allow users' data and profile information to be integrated into devices.

If you're using both Facebook and, say, an Apple product, you probably have some inherent trust in both companies - moreso than I daresay most had in the developer of a Facebook quiz. It also claims that the firms could access the data of users' friends.

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Under scrutiny this time is the company's practice of sharing information about its users with dozens of smartphone and tablet makers. The publication says Facebook has been sharing information about users with major phone makers-including Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung-for over a decade.

Kogan developed an app that required people to sign in using their Facebook accounts - and that then harvested data about those users and their friends, that was then used by Cambridge Analytica to develop psychological profiles of US voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

In interviews to The New York Times, Facebook however defended its data sharing agreement and asserted that these are consistent with its privacy policies, the FTC agreement and pledges to users.

Mark Zuckerberg had admitted that data of users may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The social network added that it was not aware of there being any abuse of the shared data. Twenty-two of the partnerships have since ended, it said.

Former Facebook privacy compliance official Sandy Parakilas, now a bigtime Facebook critic, told the paper that the device partnerships had been "flagged internally as a privacy issue", and it was "shocking" that the data-sharing is still going on.

"Friends' information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends", he said. "BlackBerry users seem to have been turned into data dealers, unknowingly and unwillingly".

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