The Times report says Facebook allowed the companies access to the data of friends of the user without their explicit consent, a practice that landed the company in the crosshairs of Congress during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
"Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders", the NYT report said. In a report from The New York Times, it has been revealed that Facebook has several data-sharing partnerships with several huge tech companies. Short of deleting your account, the only way you can be sure your data is not shared with device makers is to set all of your sharing settings to private - which would also prevent your friends from seeing the information.
Archibong said that the companies it partnered with had signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any objective other than to recreate Facebook-like experiences. "We tightly controlled these APIs from the get-go", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in an interview.
In premarket trading Monday, Facebook stock was down about 1.3%.
"This took a lot of time - and Facebook was not able to get to everyone".
"This was flagged internally as a privacy issue", said Ms Parakilas, who left Facebook that year and has recently emerged as a harsh critic of the company.
Facebook has argued that the data sharing does not breach FTC guidelines and is consistent with the privacy policies shared with users.
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It said it discovered some device partners could retrieve users' relationship status, religion, political leanings and upcoming events, among other things."We're not aware of any people's information being misused by these companies", Archibong said.
The company says that with iOS and Android now so dominant, it has now ended access by 22 device makers, and started limiting the power of them in April.
Back in 2015, Facebook stopped third-party app developers from accessing your friends' data. It argued that those device partners are not third parties but are, in fact, "service providers" and are, therefore, entitled to the same data access as Facebook itself.
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of US Congress and the European Parliament in an attempt to reassure users and governments alike that Facebook is not mishandling the vast amounts of personal data collected by its platform.
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.
This is coming a few months after it was revealed that the social networking giant had shared data of up to 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica, which may have influenced the U.S. 2015 elections.