Facebook Accused of Sharing Users Personal Data To Tech Firm

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg
  • Facebook shared your data to Tech Firm.

  • Facebook caught again over it data privacy policies.

  • According to NYT report there are more than 150 Tech firms can access your Email Address and private messages.

  • Facebook denied, none of the features gave companies access to information without people’s permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC.

According to The NewYork Times Investigation, Facebook give user access to tech companies like Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.

The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier.

Facebook said about the incident as follow-

Today, we’re facing questions about whether Facebook gave large tech companies access to people’s information and, if so, why we did this.

To put it simply, this work was about helping people do two things. First, people could access their Facebook accounts or specific Facebook features on devices and platforms built by other companies like Apple, Amazon, Blackberry and Yahoo. These are known as integration partners.

Second, people could have more social experiences – like seeing recommendations from their Facebook friends – on other popular apps and websites, like Netflix, The New York Times, Pandora and Spotify.

How did people use these features?

People used these features in many different ways, including through:

  • Apps that allowed people to access their Facebook account on their Windows Phone device
  • Notifications about their activity on Facebook that they could turn on while they were using Safari or other browsers
  • “Social hubs” that consolidated their feeds across Facebook, Twitter, and other services
  • Messaging integrations that allowed people to recommend things like songs from Spotify to friends
  • Search results in Bing and elsewhere based on public information their friends shared
  • Tools that helped them find friends on Facebook by uploading their contacts from email providers like Yahoo.

Did partners get access to messages?

Yes. But people had to explicitly sign in to Facebook first to use a partner’s messaging feature. Take Spotify for example. After signing in to your Facebook account in Spotify’s desktop app, you could then send and receive messages without ever leaving the app. Our API provided partners with access to the person’s messages in order to power this type of feature.

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