Skip to comments.Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
Posted on 06/04/2018 2:29:06 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
As Facebook sought to become the worlds dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users personal information.
Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, like buttons and address books.
But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the companys privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found.
Most of the partnerships remain in effect, though Facebook began winding them down in April. The company came under intensifying scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators after news reports in March that a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, misused the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users.
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The SEC should be advised that FACEBOOK apparently mislead investors.
CONTACT enforcement @SEC.gov
<><>Facebook disabled a billion faked accounts----means Facebook misrepresented itself to advertisers
so that it could charge more for ads. This is a criminal offense.
REFERENCE A couple of newspapermen were jailed b/c they
cooked the books WRT readership to charge more for ads.
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LOL. Not that I’m defending him, but its obvious that the long Liberal knives are out for Zuckerberg.
I’m not defending Libs, but ComDems and GOP both should be concerned about the use of this power.
I would like Obozo’s actions along this line to be exposed. No doubt it would destroy the ComDem party if fully exposed, along with some of the GOPe.
Puzzling how the Times is turning against a fellow traveler in Zuckerface
When on Facebook, you are not the user, you are the product.
Yes, it is.
It is interesting that some on the Left call them selves Libertarians. I think their concept of the meaning of words are often seriously different from ours.
Okay, then we’re not really talking about social media per se, we’re talking about something that, compared to civilian social media, very few people are authorized to use it, and those who do use it may not actually be engaged in it.
FB gave the Obama campaign the keys to its (data) kingdom — and no one complained. It only became a “problem” after Trump used the exact same playbook. Funny how the Libs never suspected his operation was so sophisticated. They figured they had a lock on leveraging tech.
Yes, I agree. Remember Maxine Water’s comment about that exact tool. They felt it would keep them in power forever.
It almost worked in the Last elections.
I had dinner with old friends on Saturday night, and one of them was insistent on finding out why I hate Facebook so much and refuse to join it.
I guess my contempt for those who seem addicted to it is discernible to him and his wife.
Zuckerberg wasnt put under oath unlike Diamond and Silk, oddly enough.
Are you listening?
These things are CODED RADIO TRANSMITTERS!
As long as they are “ON” you have no idea what they may or may not be doing.
As long as you are within spoken range of ANYBODY’S phone, notebook, laptop etc. YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY WHATSOEVER!
Welcome to our new world.
No doubt Facebook and Google have done what you say.
I do what I can to prevent that, but it takes effort. More and more websites restrict access and viewing without accepting the cookies.
I run NoScript but there are sites that I do allow cookies, I ony allow the minimum Java Script on Twitter. Don’t share GPS with anyone.
Is it fool proof? No, but it is better than nothing.
any lawyer can bring a foolish law suit
Assuming you have any privacy on the interet is stupid. Your posts are the property of facebook and can be used as the company sees fit
I have some knowledge of radios. (and computers)
Not every appliance in the house is a bug. Not every cell phone is constantly monitoring every thing around it. Yes, it is even possible for a cell phone that is off to be a bug, if the right people want that to be activated.
I have constant battle with Google over my cell phone. I give them the minimum data possible. It that “zero”, no.
Have had my phone scanned by a script that I could not shut off. I was in range of a public Wifi when it happened. It took total control of my phone, without actually searching for a web connection. Spooky.
So you simply do the best you can. This is the real world.
I hold a commercial radio license and built my first PC in 1982. But I’m not a computer programmer.
Contacting the SEC Enforcement Division may be problematic.
<>Peter Strzok’s spouse, Melissa Hodgman, was appointed by Obama to the position of Deputy Director of the Enforcement Division at the SEC.
<>DC has fleas and is the spreading agent of the plague. /s
What three major cases are you referring to in your comment?
There is a huge hole for abuse. Despite all the technological advances, human nature doesn’t change - hence the mis-use, abuse, illegal and/or unethical use of data does not surprise me. I won’t even fill out an on-line survey after purchasing something in-store for Home Depot or a grocery store in order to get a free coupon or a chance to win some money. My opinion is worth more than their offer, and my privacy is nearly priceless.
Well, how about that. What a small, incestuous world the Swamp is.
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