Facebook Faces Another Controversy Over Privacy

Here, a man reads security parameters on his phone in front of a Facebook logo in Bordeaux, southwestern France.

This sharing of user data continued even after Facebook declared that it would stop sharing such data with outsiders, according to the New York Times.

A searing report by the New York Times published Sunday publicly accused Facebook of allowing user data to fall into the hands of "at least 60 device makers - including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Samsung - over the last decade".

An older BlackBerry device, meanwhile, appeared to access many categories of data, including messages, while tapping data about friends and others one step removed on the network, the Times found.

Though the company claimed that the company's device partners can use the data to only provide "the Facebook experience", these companies can access data about a user's Facebook friends, even those who have denied the social media company permission to share information with third parties. It doesn't think it's violated the FTC deal, but former FTC official Jessica Rich told the Times that "under Facebook's interpretation, the exception swallows the rule".

What does that software do with the data?

In certain instances, manufacturers could retrieve personal information from users' friends who believed they had barred any sharing.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook's app clean-up may end up being more hard than we think. "Once you've gained access, you're able to share data with the owner of the API and use their data to suit your needs". At the center of that consent decree is a requirement that Facebook be more transparent about the data it collects about its users. In the case of the private APIs that Facebook supplied to the makers of phones, tablets, smart TVs, and other devices, the company's Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships, said in the company's statement that it had "controlled them tightly". That settlement followed complaints from users that Facebook wasn't allowing them to keep their information on the social network private-Facebook promised to get consent from users before sharing their data with third parties, and to avoid making deceptive claims about its privacy practices.

A top congressional Democrat slammed Facebook over a report alleging the company shared its users' personal data with a range of devicemakers. The deals were struck around the same time the first iPhone was introduced, and when Facebook launched its first mobile website.

Vladeck said the additional penalties could include a court-ordered monitor of Facebook's business practices, injunctions against particular ways of using of consumers' data or heightened monitoring by the FTC.

And it has said the circumstances were "very different" from those involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which user data was used for different purposes.

This was tightly regulated with "signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other goal than to recreate Facebook-like experiences", according to Archibong, and had to be approved by Facebook to prevent any misuse. These third-party developers were not allowed to offer versions of Facebook to people and, instead, used the Facebook information people shared with them to build completely new experiences.

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