Facebook faces new regulatory backlash over data privacy

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According to The New York Times report, Facebook entered into a partnership with dozens of device makers to make its social experience available on those phones.

As an example of how device makers in the partnership with Facebook have special privileges involving members' data, a reporter for the New York Times logged into Facebook using the Hub app.

Facebook has said it disagrees with claims by the New York Times that it breached privacy pledges made to the public and to USA regulators when it shared information with mobile device makers. It maintained that it had tight control over data, and that user info was only ever accessible when people consented to sharing it.

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised its users they would have full control over their data, noting that it cut off third-party access to detailed friend information back in 2015. At no time did BlackBerry collect or mine the Facebook data of our customers.

"This company from what I've seen has disregarded a consent decree and behaved in a way that is inimical to consumers' interest", Vladeck said.

Microsoft said its API access ended in 2008, adding that the bridge was used to do things like add contacts and receive notifications, and that all data was stored locally on the user's device. Some partners, the newspaper found, can get at intimate data including Facebook users' relationship status, religion, political leaning and upcoming events.

Partners signed agreements preventing personal information "from being used for any other objective than to recreate Facebook-like experiences", he said. Through a combination of legal agreements and software, Facebook "allowed companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their individual devices or operating systems", the social giant acknowledged in a blog post Monday. "So companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube had to work directly with operating system and device manufacturers to get their products into people's hands".

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Facebook allowed Apple Inc and other device makers to have "deep" access to users' personal data without their consent, according to the Times. That applies not just to your own but also to your friends who may have configured their accounts not to share information with third parties.

It may seem like a long time ago, but the iOS and Android app stores debuted in the second half of 2008, about a year after the iPhone hit the market.

"These partners signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other objective than to recreate Facebook-like experiences", Archibong said in the blog.

Under scrutiny this time is the company's practice of sharing information about its users with dozens of smartphone and tablet makers.

Although Facebook reportedly began to end these partnerships this past April, majority are still alive to this very day.

This was tightly regulated with "signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other objective than to recreate Facebook-like experiences", according to Archibong, and had to be approved by Facebook to prevent any misuse.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal already led the FTC to investigate whether Facebook broke this settlement.

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