Facebook Denies Claims Mobile Data Sharing Broke Privacy Pledges

Barbara Underwood, the new attorney general in NY, said in a statement Monday that her office continues to investigate Facebook's data use after Cambridge Analytica, which includes looking "into these "data-sharing" partnerships".

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

The data sharing reportedly occurred years ago, "before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones", allowing the device makers-at least 60 in total, also including Amazon, BlackBerry, and Microsoft-to "offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, "like" buttons, and address books" on their gadgets.

The report claims that Facebook allowed its partners to access the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outside firms - a possible violation of the 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

The agreements required the third-party companies to use the information only for the intended objective of integrating features into users' devices, Facebook says.

"While we agreed with many of [The New York Times] past concerns about the controls over Facebook information shared with third-party app developers, we disagree with the issues they've raised about these APIs", Ime Archibong, the company's vice president of product partnerships, wrote in a statement.

The scandal pummeled Facebook's stock and prompted calls for greater regulation of big social media companies.

"This is yet another concerning example of companies collecting, sharing, and exploiting users' data in completely unexpected ways", commented Privacy International's legal officer Ailidh Callander.

In a Sunday blog post, Facebook defended the practice.


Here's a short list of all the companies that might have gotten their hands on your very intimate Facebook data without your knowledge: Global Science Research, S.C.L. Group (Cambridge Analytica's parent company), AggregateIQ.

The New York Times has broken what could amount to the next major Facebook data breech scandal.

According to the post, partners signed agreements preventing the data from being used for anything other than "Facebook-like experiences" on devices.

Facebook says it made deals with around 60 companies, from Apple, Amazon and Blackberry to HTC, Microsoft and Samsung, to "recreate Facebook-like experiences" on their devices.

"We are not aware of any abuse by these companies", Archibong said.

According to Archibong, 22 of the partnerships have already ended.

"This was flagged internally as a privacy issue", Sandy Parakilas, who then led Facebook's privacy compliance, told The Times. He was able to obtain information about 556 of his friends. These partnership deals allow these companies access to your and your friends' data in an incredibly similar fashion as was supplied to Cambridge Analytica.

That data from NPR is meant to be public - unlike the majority of Facebook users, who don't want their information broadly disseminated.

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