By Kyle James  |  06-04-2018   News
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In order to secure its place as the world's top social media service, Facebook struck deals with phone and other device manufacturers to collect vast amounts of users' personal data. The social media giant was revealed to have data-sharing agreements in place with over 60 device-makers including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Samsung. Some of the deals started so early it was before Facebook apps were even widely available.

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The majority of the deals struck behind-closed-doors are still in effect today and have allowed Facebook to cement it's position at the top of the social media food chain and gave device-makers premium access to allow them to offer more of Facebook's popular features to their own customers. The exact scope of the data sharing was not revealed until concerns about the social media giant's privacy protections came under scrutiny including the company's compliance with a 2011 consent law with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook gave device manufacturers exclusive access to data of users' friends without their consent, despite previously declaring it would no longer share private information without consent. Some companies that struck deals with Facebook were even given access to personal information from users' friends who thought they had made their profiles completely private. Lawmakers and regulators perked up after reports that a political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica misused the private information of millions of Facebook users.

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Now regulators are going to be at the company's throat for answers now that these even more privacy breaches have been disclosed. Serge Egelman, a privacy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley said, "You might think that Facebook or the device manufacturer is trustworthy. But the problem is that as more and more data is collected on the device - and if it can be accessed by apps on the device - it creates serious privacy and security risks."

Naturally, Facebook officials declared the data sharing was consistent with its privacy policies and FTC regulations. In defense of the secret partnerships, the social media company said its partnerships were governed by contracts that severely restricted the use of the data, including the data stored on the partners' servers. They Facebook officials were adamant they knew of no cases where users private information was misused. The company's vice president Ime Archibong said, "These partnerships work very differently from the way in which app developers use our platform."

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/facebook-gave-device-makers-deep-access-to-data-on-users-and-friends

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K.jameson No. 27886 1528120288

I think that Mark Z. Should be arrested and facebook shutdown. Then they need to do the same to Twitter and Google. They need to go afyer Jack Darcry and the ceo of google. Shut them down to.

tab No. 27895 1528125288

Zuk is a complete pos. delete your facebook accounts, NOW!

Anonymous No. 27904 1528130295

One of the few, One of the proud, One who never started a fagbook account!

Its really easy to strangle fagbook… just delete your accounts if you drank the Kool-Aid.

All these data mining apps should come with a banner similar to tobacco that covers the entire screen and states "Although this app seems free, we don't get rich by selling the code. We get rich by selling your information. If you are cool with us prying into everything that you expect to be private just click the accept button. If you have any expectation of privacy just click no thanks and we will mine your data from family or friends that were dumb enough to accept"

Real easy but it takes a lot of active fagbook accounts to #DeleteFacebook in order to make a difference. So start deleting and getting back to some semblance of privacy.

Anonymous No. 27882 1528131475

One of the few, One of the proud, One who never started a fagbook account!

Its really easy to strangle fagbook... just delete your accounts if you drank the Kool-Aid.

All these data mining apps should come with a banner similar to tobacco that covers the entire screen and states "Although this app seems free, we don't get rich by selling the code. We get rich by selling your information. If you are cool with us prying into everything that you expect to be private just click the accept button. If you have any expectation of privacy just click no thanks and we will mine your data from family or friends that were dumb enough to accept"

Real easy but it takes a lot of active fagbook accounts to #DeleteFacebook in order to make a difference. So start deleting and getting back to some semblance of privacy.

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