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by Daveda Gruber:

Late Sunday Facebook responded to a news report. The social media giant rebuked any wrongdoing in a statement posted on its website in response to a story in The New York Times. A news report that said that Facebook struck agreements with at least 60 phone and device manufacturers and gave them extensive access to users’ personal information.

The New York Times story revealed the existence of data-sharing agreements with numerous companies.

The company’s vice president of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, wrote in a statement, “While we agreed with many of [The New York Times] past concerns about the controls over Facebook information shared with third-party app developers, we disagree with the issues they’ve raised about these APIs.”

According to The Times, Facebook, signed agreements with Apple, Blackberry, Microsoft and Samsung over the last 10 years. They provided them access to users’ data.

The report said these agreements also gave device makers access to Facebook users’ friends’ data, without their approval. The company insisted that it would not share the information,.

Sandy Parakilas, a former leader of the platform’s privacy compliance unit, told The Times. “This was flagged internally as a privacy issue. It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook’s testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled.”

Even though Apple no longer has this access to Facebook since last September, a spokesman for Apple told the Times that it used the partnership with Facebook to allow iPhone users to post photos to the platform without opening the Facebook app.

A Blackberry spokesman said the company “did not collect or mine” the data given by Facebook.

A Microsoft representative said the company started working with Facebook in 2008. The representative said no data was synced with Microsoft servers. It was stored locally on the phones powered by Microsoft.

These contracts call into question whether the company adhered to the 2011 settlement reached with the Federal Trade Commission. It forced the company to enact a number of measures to ensure users’ information isn’t shared without their consent.

Facebook told the paper that the data sharing was in line with its privacy policies and the 2011 FTC agreement. They added that they don’t know of any cases where a partner of an agreement misused the data it was given access to.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal brings upon this report. The report brought on calls from lawmakers across the world to investigate the company’s practices related to its users’ privacy.

Facebook officials said that the practice of allowing app developers to collect information from users’ friends without their consent was cut off by 2015.

According to the Times, an exemption was given to the device makers. They were reported to have kept the access to the data.

I have my opinion and that relates to my account with Facebook. I truly believe I am on a list which targets me. That would mean that they are storing my information and it is being used in ways that lets Facebook put me in ‘Facebook Jail’ for what I believe to be doing nothing wrong.

Do you believe your Facebook account been compromised? Please comment and tell me about it.


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