Look Who FB Sold ‘Deep Access’ To Your Personal Data To – And The Deals Are Still In Place

Written by K. Walker on June 4, 2018

You will not believe how many organizations that they had deals with. This is shocking!

Facebook made deals with companies to deliver users’ private data as well as the data of users’ friends.

How many companies did they sign these deals with?

If you guessed a whole lot of them, you’re right.

Try 60 companies including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Samsung.

Facebook gave at least 60 device makers access to its users’ information, potentially in conflict with what the company told Congress, a new report has revealed.

Many of the partnerships, with companies such as Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, remain in effect even after Facebook began to quietly unwind them in April, according to a lengthy report in the New York Times.

Under some of the agreements, device makers could access the data of users’ friends, even if they believed that they had barred sharing, the Times reported citing company officials. The latest revelation affects every Facebook user worldwide.

Well, it’s a good thing that that’s not completely creepy.

Facebook went on the defensive.

However, Facebook blasted back at the Times report, saying the newspaper has misinterpreted the purpose and function of its so-called ‘device-integrated APIs’ – the software that allows hardware companies to bridge into Facebook’s database to offer versions of the app on their operating systems.

‘In the early days of mobile, the demand for Facebook outpaced our ability to build versions of the product that worked on every phone or operating system,’ Ime Archibong, Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, wrote in a Sunday statement responding to the Times report.

‘It’s hard to remember now but back then there were no app stores.’

Facebook explained that it was all for the benefit of the user.

‘To bridge this gap, we built a set of device-integrated APIs that allowed companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their individual devices or operating systems.’

‘Contrary to claims by the New York Times, friends’ information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends,’ Archibong wrote.

While Zuckerberg testified before Congress that every piece of information that you post on Facebook is owned by you, it still leaves things a bit muddy.

The principal consultant of US tech firm Digital Warfare Corp., James Knight, has some major concerns.

‘This latest revelation is certainly new and affects every Facebook user worldwide.

‘It is well known that information companies hold data on every area of our lives from our job history to where we have lived. This information however can be quite sterile.

‘Facebook on the other hand contains for many people their thoughts, feelings and desires. It can contain people’s political beliefs and religious affiliation. This information is very personal and should be respected.’

‘Unfortunately we all sign away many of our rights when joining leaving ourselves somewhere between the whim of Facebook and whatever privacy rights our governments have enacted,’ he added.

It could be even worse than that for good ol’ Zuck… one former third-party advertiser believes that some of these agreements contradict Facebook’s testimony to Congress.

Sandy Parakilas, a former third-party advertising and privacy compliance for Facebook’s platform told the Times that he believes the fact that the deals continue to exist contradicts Zuckerberg’s testimony.

This was flagged internally as a privacy issue,’ in 2012 said Parakilas, who left Facebook that year and is now a harsh critic of the company.

‘It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook’s testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled.’

Source: Daily Mail

Now that we know that Facebook has been making agreements with other entities to hand over the information that they’ve harvested from you, maybe you need to take a break from social media and relax.

Remember, Facebook is always watching you.

While you’re at it, you need to take control of your newsfeed so that you don’t get Leftist pre-chewed ‘news’.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker