Facebook is joining hands with device makers to get more precise info about its users: Report

Published on June 5, 2018

The world’s dominant social media service known as Facebook sought to become the world’s largest, the advancing feature is that it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. With at least 60 device makers Facebook had reached data-sharing partnerships which includes Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, and from the last decades the starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones as said by the company officially. This type of deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers favorite features of the social network precisely such as messaging “like” buttons and address books.


Whereas the partnership whose scope has not previously been reported has a high raise concerns about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. The device companies were allowed by the Facebook access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent and therefore even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. That is true that some device maker could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing found by The New York Times.

When it comes to the partnership most of it remains in effect and through Facebook began winding them down in April. Cambridge Analytica in this the company came under intensifying scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators after news reports in March that a political consulting firm, and misused as the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users. When a furor is followed the Facebook’s leaders said that the kind of access exploited by Cambridge in 2014 was cut off by the next year and yes when Facebook Facebook prohibited developers from collecting information from users’ friends. But when we talk about the officials, the company did not disclose that Facebook had exempted the makers of cellphones, tablets and other hardware from such restrictions.

Yes, we think that “You might think that Facebook or the device manufacturer is trustworthy,” as said by the privacy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley known as Serge Egelman who mainly studies the security of mobile apps. But if we talk about the significant problem, as more and more data is collected on the device — and if apps can access it on the device — it creates severe privacy and security risks. Let’s talk about the interviews here Facebook officials defended the data sharing as consistent with its privacy policies, the F.T.C. agreement, and pledges to users. They were also informed that their partnerships were governed by contracts that strictly limited use of the data which will include any stored on partner’s server. They knew that no cases where the information had been misused. The officials added this.

As an extension of Facebook, the company views its device partners who serve its more than two billion users which they officially said. In which app developers use our platform others partnerships work very differently from them as told by Ime Archibong professional as Facebook vice president. Those were unlike developers that provide games and services to Facebook users, the device partners can use Facebook data only to produce versions of “the Facebook experience,” they officially said that. As relationship status, religion, political leaning, and upcoming events, among other data similarly some device partners can retrieve Facebook users. Like the third party received information, it was out when tests by the Times were conducted, and the tests showed that the partners requested and collected data.

Here several former Facebook software engineers and security experts said they were surprised at the ability to override sharing restrictions as noted in the interview. Like that way it’s like having doors locks installed that was only to find out that the locksmith also gave keys to all of his friends so they can come in and rifle through your stuff without having to ask you for permission,” said Ashkan Soltani, a research and privacy consultant who formerly served as the F.T.C.’s chief technologist.

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