Facebook allowed Apple Inc and other device makers to have "deep" access to users' personal data without their consent, according to the Times.
Facebook shared the data of users and their friends with scores of mobile phone manufacturers without explicit consent, it has emerged. "Facebook's view that the device makers are not outsiders lets the partners go even further, The Times found: They can obtain data about a user's Facebook friends, even those who have denied Facebook permission to share information with any third parties".
It's Facebook that you should be anxious about abusing your personal data - not Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Samsung. Warner (D-Va.) on Monday stem from revelations that Facebook struck special data arrangements with roughly 60 device makers including Apple, HTC and Samsung over the past decade, possibly without Facebook users' knowledge.
Contrary to reporting in The Times, Archibong also insists the information of users' Facebook friends was only accessible on devices when users made a decision to share their information with such friends.
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If we've learned anything from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its that our personal Facebook data has some real value.
The problem in this case is that Facebook has exempted these manufacturers from its new policy of preventing third party access to user data.
Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung.
The agreements that Facebook entered raise "concerns about the company's privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree" with the Federal Trade Commission, the report said.
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 USA voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The opprobrium over Facebook's data privacy practices continues. The company claims that these private APIs were "tightly controlled" in a statement posted on the Facebook newsroom.
The agreements required the third-party companies to use the information only for the intended objective of integrating features into users' devices, Facebook says.
Facebook said it granted smartphone access to this data well before mobile apps became popular, as a way of making its service work on a broad range of devices. User would log into their Facebook accounts, allowing the phone software to pull in data from Facebook itself.
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