Facebook Denies Claims Mobile Data Sharing Broke Privacy Pledges

Jun 05, 2018, 00:04

"Contrary to claims by The New York Times, friends' information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends", Archibong wrote in a post about the Times report.

Facebook has been under significant scrutiny after it was revealedCambridge Analytica accessed millions of users' private information.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Facebook formed deals with at least 60 makers of cell phones and other devices allowing them access to users' personal information and that of their Facebook friends, without explicit consent.

US Congressman David Cicilline, who has introduced a bill meant to curb Facebook and Google's influence in the news industry, said the Times report raises questions about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg's testimony before Congress earlier this year.

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed how Facebook was selling access to your and your friends' data for the purposes of political engineering, the company promised that third-parties no longer had that capability.

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Facebook has said it disagrees with claims by the New York Times that it breached privacy pledges made to the public and to United States regulators when it shared information with mobile device makers.

In a blog post titled "Why we disagree with the New York Times", the company said it "tightly" controlled third parties' use of the data. These partnerships were put in place starting in 2007, with the goal of giving device manufacturers access to Facebook features, while simultaneously spreading the use of Facebook into the mobile sphere.

"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. Even users who had turned platform off to avoid this kind of abusive data collection could have their data accessed, the Times found, a serious violation of privacy.

"At the time there were no app stores and this was standard industry practice", Facebook said via Twitter.

In the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook argued that it had no idea that Cambridge Analytica was using the data services Facebook offers in a prohibited fashion.

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'To bridge this gap, we built a set of device-integrated APIs that allowed companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their individual devices or operating systems'.

Facebook still doesn't believe that it has done anything wrong, believing that its agreements with the manufacturers are all that it needs to maintain some sort of legal protection for itself.

Mark Zuckerberg had admitted that data of users may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Archibong went on to say that Facebook is "not aware of any abuse by these companies".

A former Facebook employee who led third-party ad and privacy compliance, Sandy Parakilas, noted that the program was controversial even within Facebook.

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Facebook integration has been a thing for quite some time, with the social media firm giving companies access to its users' data via built-in address books, like systems and log-in features. A BlackBerry (bb) spokesperson told the paper that the Canadian firm "did not collect or mine the Facebook data of [its] customers".

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