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Facebook Give Access to Private Data of Users to 60 Companies but the Company Denies

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Facebook Give Access to Private Data of Users to 60 Companies but the Company Denies

Facebook has dominated the social media service. But it seems that things are not in Facebook’s favor since the Cambridge Analytica matter. Facebook is facing tough times again as the New York Times reported that the company has made agreements with phone and device manufacturers to use a large number of its users’ personal data.
Facebook made agreements with 60 other companies that include smartphone manufacturing giants Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, and Samsung in last 10 years. The deal granted access to users’ relationship status, political leaning, education history, religion and upcoming events.
The concern was raised against the partnerships that have been not reported about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device makers to access the data of users without their prior consent. This issue came after the comapny declared that it would no longer share users private information.
Most of the partnerships remain in effect till now. To remind, Facebook had been receiving intense criticism for providing data to a firm named Cambridge Analytica. The company used the private data of users in 2016 presidential elections. From then Facebook was called for heavy scrutiny and regulations.
Facebook on late Sunday published a blog post defending the agreement of granting permission to access data with other companies.
It disagrees with the piece written in New York Times and says that it had previously agreed with the concerns of NYTimes over the information sharing with third-party app developers.
“All these partnerships were built on a common interest — the desire for people to be able to use Facebook whatever their device or operating system. This was something I experienced firsthand as a Blackberry user who relied on Facebook and Messenger to stay in touch with family and friends back in Nigeria.” Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships at Facebook said in the post. “These partners signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences,” Ime added.
Amazon, BlackBerry, and Apple were not available for their views on the matter.