Facebook Gave Device Manufacturers Deep Access to User Data

Facebook Gave Device Manufacturers Deep Access to User Data

It was revealed this week that Facebook had struck data-sharing agreements over the last decade with around 60 device manufacturers, including the likes of Samsung, Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft, allowing the social network to widen its reach.

The agreement gave the device companies to access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after saying that it would no longer share such information with outsiders.

It is said that Facebook had trimmed down its partnerships after being scrutinized by lawmakers and regulators. However, some of the partnerships that are still in effect may be in violation of the 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission, aside from exposing users to further privacy and security risk.

Source: NY Times

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