Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others given ‘deep access’ to Facebook user data

Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in April

Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in April

The agreements also gave device makers access to Facebook users' friends' data, without their approval, despite the company's insistence that it would not share the information, the report said. But it says there's nothing scandalous about them.

Archibong said in the post that Facebook's device partnerships "were built on a common interest - the desire for people to be able to use Facebook whatever their device or operating system" - not necessarily the intent of collecting data.

The Times report said that Facebook began closing out the partnerships in April, but questioned whether Facebook violated a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

Blumenthal and Markey also implied that Zuckerberg wasn't totally accurate when he told Congress that users had "complete control" over how they shared info and how people saw it.

Apple was among the companies that used device-integrated APIs to serve up a version of Facebook on its hardware, but the deals are now under scrutiny.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the fact that Facebook didn't consider how its service could be misused by malicious actors until it was too late.

"I would never have imagined that this might even be happening secretly via deals with device makers". In April, multiple committees on Capitol Hill had peppered him with questions about Facebook's dealings with Cambridge Analytica. This agreement with the FTC came following an investigation that discovered the social networking platform had allowed app developers to collect personal data of users' friends overriding their privacy settings.

The Times said Facebook allowed 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.

In a Sunday blog post, Facebook defended the practice. There's no evidence that anyone at any of these companies abused their access to Facebook user data. So far, it's ended just 22. "This needs to be investigated and the people responsible need to be held accountable", tweeted David Cicilline, the ranking member of the House judiciary antitrust subcommittee.

Device makers could then build their own software that incorporated Facebook functions.

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Apple, on the other hand, said it stopped giving its iPhones that access since September 2017.

Warner and a slew of other politicians have said that they're concerned about the potential for Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE to give the Chinese government backdoor access into the data about Americans using their devices. But what is likely surprising to many users is the extent of the information shared without their knowledge, including from friends of users.

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Is this like the Cambridge Analytica thing?

However, Facebook blasted back at the Times report, saying the newspaper has misinterpreted the goal 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. That kind of arrangement was necessary before phone operating systems relied on app stores, it added.

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