Facebook accused of sharing your personal data with OEMs

Facebook accused of sharing your personal data with OEMs

And our partnership and engineering teams approved the Facebook experiences these companies built.

Some device makers were able to retrieve personal information even from users' friends who believed they had barred any sharing, the Times reported. "We are not aware of any abuse by these companies". In April, multiple committees on Capitol Hill had peppered him with questions about Facebook's dealings with Cambridge Analytica.

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The problem in this case is that Facebook has exempted these manufacturers from its new policy of preventing third party access to user data. Twenty-two of the partnerships have since ended, it said.

Facebook admitted that some of these "service provider" partners did store the data of users and their friends on their own servers.

Amazon and Samsung haven't yet provided comment.

Beyond cookies, Apple is also pouring cold water on device fingerprinting, a process by which advertisers or data companies collect unique characteristics like specific font types that have been installed, screen dimensions and plugins in order to triangulate identity as a user browses the web. Facebook told the Times that the partnerships did not violate the consent decree. According to a story in the New York Times on Sunday, this has been going on for over ten years.

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Facebook reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones. It wouldn't have worked any other way.

Facebook is pushing back against a media report saying that it provided extensive information about its users and their friends to third parties like phone makers.

Zuckerberg was adamant before Congress that Facebook is seriously committed to users' privacy.

"Partners could not integrate the user's Facebook features with their devices without the user's permission".

"The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested - zero", Cook told NPR in an interview. Newer Blackberry-branded Android devices don't use the APIs, it said. The implication is that the Times couldn't get the rogue API to work on any more recent device, whether a smartphone or a feature phone. Facebook responded to the report in a blog post titled "Why We Disagree with The New York Times".

"As a result, your Mac will look like everyone else's Mac", Federighi said, "and it will be dramatically more hard for data companies to uniquely identify your device". Those same data protection principles were applied to the BlackBerry Facebook app which was developed using a Facebook device-integrated API for BlackBerry which enabled our handset customers to access Facebook functionality on their BlackBerry devices. They said the new reports only heightened the need for additional scrutiny - in Congress and at the FTC - focused on Facebook's business practices.

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