Facebook gave more than 150 companies special access to your data

Facebook gave more than 150 companies special access to your data

Steve Satterfield, Facebook's director of privacy and public policy, told the Times that its data-sharing partnerships didn't violate users' privacy and required companies to follow Facebook policies.

Following the news that Facebook has been embroiled in yet another privacy scandal, the company has released a blog post entitled 'Let's Clear Up a Few Things About Facebook's Partners'.

Details of the agreements are emerging at a pivotal moment for the world's largest social network.

The paper reported that Facebook allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without their consent, citing internal records that describe data-sharing deals that benefited more than 150 companies. Spotify can not read users' private Facebook inbox messages across any of our current integrations. According to the Times, Facebook also utilized personal data shared by third party companies to fuel its controversial "people you may know" feature. The social network said in April that data firm Cambridge Analytica may have harvested information on as many as 87 million users without their knowledge. In 2017, it was apparently given access to Facebook users' IDs, despite sharing of such data having been dropped for other "applications".

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A separate statement said that Facebook had found no evidence of abuse of data by any of its partners.

Facebook said it shut down almost all of these partnerships over the past several months, except Apple and Amazon.

The investigation shows a troubling pattern of Facebook allowing the tech companies they've partnered with to sidestep privacy rules in the name of profit. He said that the partnerships were "one area of focus" and that Facebook was in the process of winding many of them down.

The company has been operating under a consent decree from the Federal Trade Commission since 2011 that requires it to beef up its privacy policies, place limits on the retention of consumer data, and require express consent from users before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences.

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Facebook is in the news again, but not for the reasons it wants to be.

Papamiltiadis said that "we've been public about these features and partnerships over the years because we wanted people to actually use them". For you to be able to read messages back, we needed Spotify to have "read access". "For example, giving customers the option to sync Facebook contacts on an Amazon Tablet". The information, Apple says, never went to its servers, instead simply sitting on the iPhone of the Facebook user, allowing them to check upcoming events without opening the Facebook app.

Apple had special access to users' phone numbers and calendar entries. Apple, responding to the publication said that any data of that magnitude will never leave the device.

Spotify offered a similar response, indicating the music service "cannot read users' private Facebook inbox messages across any of our current integrations".

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