Facebook has been under scrutiny for its handling of user data, with concerns raised about how the company handles privacy. In the latest development, Facebook has given the names of 52 firms it gave deep data access to, following the revelation that the social media giant gave device makers access to data on Facebook users and their friends.
Last month, the New York Times reported that Facebook had provided device makers with access to data via device-integrated APIs. The partnerships have raised fresh privacy concerns, as it remains unclear how the data was being used and whether it was adequately protected. The revelation casts doubt on Facebook’s repeated claims to have “locked down the platform” in 2014/15, when it made changes to its APIs to prevent developers from accessing data via its Friends API.
The list of firms that Facebook provided deep data access to has not been made public, but lawmakers are seeking further information on the partnerships.
21. MediaTek/ Mstar
23. Miyowa /Hape Esia
31. Opentech ENG
32. Opera Software
47. Virgin Mobile
49. Warner Bros
50. Western Digital
52. Zing Mobile
Facebook has stated that it has discontinued most of the partnerships, with only a few remaining. However, the company has not provided details on how it monitored or enforced the agreements.
This latest development highlights the importance of user privacy and the need for companies to be transparent about their data-sharing practices. As users, it is important to be cautious about the information we share online and to hold companies accountable for their handling of our data. It also underscores the need for regulations to ensure that companies are held accountable for any misuse of user data.