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Facebook allowed device makers access to data-NYT

Facebook on Sunday rejected claims by the New York Times that it had allowed Apple and other major device makers “deep” access to users’ personal data. Havovi Cooper reports

(FACEBOOK/NEW YORK TIMES/REUTERS/CBS) – Facebook in the spotlight again over how it handles users private data

A New York Times investigation– revealing Sunday–the scope of data-sharing deals Facebook had struck with at least 60 companies – including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung – over the last decade.

The Times found- that under the agreements– some companies were given access to Facebook users, relationship status, work, upcoming events and a wide range of other personal information.

In a blog post late Sunday, Facebook defended its record saying those partnerships were forged in the days before the app store— to allow device makers to build versions of the Facebook app for their operating systems.

Facebook also denied reports that it gave firms access to the data of users’ friends – who had barred any sharing.

Facebook says it began winding down the data sharing deals in April- already ending 22 partnerships.

Right after Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire came under intense scrutiny by lawmakers following that a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, misused the private information of millions of Facebook users.

The scandal temporarily damaged Facebook’s stock and prompted calls for greater regulation of internet companies- across the world.


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  • Cambridge Analytica
  • Amazon.com
  • Microsoft
  • Computing
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  • Photo sharing
  • Social information processing
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  • Privacy concerns with social networking services
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