Facebook insists device data door differs from dodgy dev data deal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress in early April.                  Xinhua News Agency  Getty

But the U.S. company contends those pacts were meant to help device makers create their own versions of Facebook apps, and the data mostly remained on phones that accessed it.

It reveals how Facebook reached agreements with 60 device makers including Samsung, Apple, and Blackberry that allowed them access to large amounts of user data without their consent, which could have violated a 2011 FTC consent degree.

However, Facebook blasted back at the Times report, saying the newspaper has misinterpreted the objective 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.

Sandy Parakalis, a former advertising and privacy official at Facebook who left the company in 2012 and has raised concerns over its use of users' data, posted on twitter about Zuckerberg's earlier statements and urged lawmakers to hold the CEO accountable for the newly uncovered privacy breach.

But privacy advocates have fretted that users may not have been aware of the extent that data about them, or their friends, had been transferred in the process. So far there's no evidence that phone and tablet makers used Facebook data improperly, in sharp contrast to Cambridge Analytica consultants.

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Archibong claims that, contrary to the New York Times report, friends' info, like photos, couldn't be accessed on other people's devices unless those friends chose to share their info.

At the centre of that consent decree is a requirement that Facebook be more transparent about the data it collects about its users.

The 2011 decree prohibits the company from giving third party companies access to user data without their explicit permission. This included their relationship status, religious and political opinions, and upcoming events they had marked themselves as attending. Before app stores became common, the APIs enabled Facebook to strike data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, that allowed them to offer Facebook features, such as messaging, address books and the like button, to their users.

Facebook, however, maintains their position that they did nothing wrong.

To test what data device-makers were able to see, a Times reporter signed into his Facebook account on a 2013 BlackBerry smartphone (it was important to use a device that wasn't subject to Facebook's 2014 privacy overhaul).

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Facebook already penned a blog post in response to the NYT article, but it is unclear how it will respond to this letter to Mark Zuckerberg.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who previously introduced legislation for a "privacy bill of rights", said the "secret data sharing partnerships" add "urgent new reasons for stronger privacy protections-beginning with a privacy bill of rights modeled on Europe's new rules".

"Under the GDPR's new tools, we'll be able to use enforcement notices to require companies to delete algorithms or stop processing", said Denham.

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.

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