‘Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress’: Democrat on Facebook report

Facebook’s latest privacy blunder has already attracted congressional ire		
		
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The report, however, says the partnerships allowed the device companies access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent.

Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon were among the companies who signed up to data sharing agreements using the APIs.

But they may have given access to more data than assumed, says the article. And it could spark additional scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, which is already investigating Facebook for a series of other recent, privacy mishaps.

Facebook gave at least 60 device makers broad access to its users' information, potentially in conflict with what the company told Congress, a new report has revealed. Under the FTC agreement, Facebook is required to obtain explicit user consent to share data externally. Archibong also pointed out Facebook's agreements with the companies were created to prevent misuse, and the company knew of none.

Apple, Samsung and Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment on the matter. "We are not aware of any abuse by these companies". From there, the BlackBerry Hub could access information from 556 of the user's friends; including relationship status, political leanings, and events.

The company says that with iOS and Android now so dominant, it has now ended access by 22 device makers, and started limiting the power of them in April. "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".

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is set to quit the company and leave his post as a member of Facebook's board of directors. A policy that was put in place after it was discovered that developers were using their apps to collect large amounts of data; in some occasions without the consent of the users themselves.

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Facebook enabled device makers to interface with it at a time when it was building its service and they were developing new smartphone and social media technology. It's the same question I had in April when Facebook announced a wave of restrictions on how outside parties could access information from the social network's 2 billion users.

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.

"Facebook and other data collectors, including these device manufacturers, should be prepared to come before Congress so that we can get a better grasp of the entire data collection ecosystem", New Jersey Rep.

Apple, for instance, said it has worked with Facebook for years to let its users share things on Facebook through iPhone and Mac apps.

Facebook's vice president of product partnerships at the social network, Ime Archibong contests the report, stating that this incident is far from Cambridge Analytica's debacle.

The company recently said it will end these data-sharing agreements as part of a broader review of its privacy practices sparked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

However, she warned that misuse of data was widespread across the internet and was not confined to the Facebook platform or this particular case.

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