Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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Facebook allows reading of personal data

The New York Times reported that more than 150 companies have access personal data and messages from Facebook users.

Facebook has allowed more than 150 companies to access the personal data of users of the social network. Companies such as Netflix, Spotify, the Real Bank of Canada and Amazon, are involved.

The New York Times revealed that Facebook has been sharing user data with many of its sponsors. This is in violation of the 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agreement prohibited social network from sharing their data without explicit permission.

FTC 2011 agreement prohibits social network from sharing their data without explicit permission.
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The research is based on information from hundreds of pages. This information includes specific agreements with companies sponsoring Facebook and interviews with former employees from both side.

These records show how Facebook has allowed Bing, the search engine of Microsoft, to see the names of all the friends of the users social network without their consent. Has given Netflix and Spotify the possibility of reading private messages, has allowed Amazon to obtain the names of users and their contact information through their friends, and Yahoo to see messages from friends’ publications, among others.

The oldest agreements are from 2010, but in 2017 many remained active and even in 2018. According to the NYT, these agreements have benefited more than 150 companies, which came to seek data from hundreds of millions of users per month.

After this investigation, Facebook has issued an official statement. It stated that these agreements comply with the FTC. And that none of the companies had access to such information without the user’s consent.

Some of the other companies involved, such as Amazon or Microsoft told the quoted media that they never misused the data. But, they refused to give more details about these agreements.

Everyday technology provides me with food for thought.

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