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Facebook Stocks Fall Amid Data-Sharing Controversy

Facebook allegedly gave Microsoft Apple Amazon Netflix and Spotify special access to user data Another day another Facebook privacy controversy
Lloyd Bates | 20 December, 2018, 09:27

The report also surfaced an interesting partnership between Amazon and Facebook, claiming that Amazon can obtain users' names and contact information through their friends.

Facebook, however, said it shut down the deals - "instant personalization" - in 2014, although it admitted that some companies still had access to users' information.

To TheDCNF's knowledge, The Times does not have a formal policy on whether its journalists can peruse the extraordinary breadth of information given by social media companies to its business and advertising departments.

Facebook also emphasised that the partnerships all required consent from users, generally through signing in to Facebook in the target app.

Facebook has responded by saying that no access was granted to third parties without user permission, but questions remain about whether users were fully aware of the level of access companies had to their data, or whether they knew they were agreeing to sharing private data.

Last week, it was reported that a bug may have exposed millions of Facebook users' private photos to third party apps. The movie-rating site Rotten Tomatoes and the music-streaming site Pandora weren't cut off until late summer, according to the Times. Furthermore, Amazon was permitted to access various users' names and contact information through their friends without consent.

"Over the years, we've partnered with other companies so people can use Facebook on devices and platforms that we don't support ourselves", he said. 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.

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The New York Times interviewed more than 60 people, including former Facebook employees, former government officials and privacy advocates to break the story.

"Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone's private messages", reads the tweet.

While the data is from 2017 the New York Times reports that some of these agreements are ongoing. A Yahoo spokesman declined to discuss the partnership in detail but said the company did not use the information for advertising.

In March, Facebook took out full page apology ads in several prominent newspapers.

"We've been accused of disclosing people's private messages to partners without their knowledge", Facebook VP of Product Partnerships Ime Archibong wrote in a blog post. Users would have done this by using their Facebook account to log in to the other services, which, technically, counted as giving permission.

In response to the Times report, Facebook's director of privacy and public policy, Steve Satterfield, said in a statement that its partners "don't get to ignore people's privacy settings". Given the well-documented spread of Facebook's tentacles throughout its meteoric rise, it was expected that numerous firms had access to user data.

In all, the report says, more than 150 companies benefited from Facebook's data-sharing practices.

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