Facebook allows more than 150 companies, such as Spotify and Netflix, to access private messaging and other user data to “help the user.”
According to the New York Times, which aggregates information from sources such as former Facebook employees, Facebook partners, and the most extensive social network in the world, more than 150 companies are allowed access to more than 150 companies worldwide. Unauthorized access to the message content of the user without consent.
In particular, Facebook’s internal documents indicate that Microsoft’s Bing search engine can access the friend’s list without consent, in addition to allowing Netflix and Spotify to read private messages. Use. Also, Facebook also allows Amazon to collect names, contact information. Yahoo can read user posts, and Sony, Microsoft, Amazon have the right to retrieve your email address.
Even the data sharing agreement has been in place throughout 2017, and one of them is still valid today.
New York Times disclosed that the technology was not a shock, as Facebook signed deals with the US Federal Trade Commission in 2011 on a ban on sharing user data without permission.
Facebook has a year of community, technology skeptics of honesty and responsibility. Beginning with the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the misuse of user data for political purposes in the 2016 US presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to testify beforehand. Congress and apologize to users.
In July, Facebook admitted to having signed data sharing agreements with dozens of technology companies, acknowledging sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers. Data deals come with a “familiar” message, which is to increase the user experience.
In a recent move, Facebook responded to the New York Times’ allegations. The company acknowledges they have more work to do to win the trust of the community of 2 billion users. But Facebook also emphasizes that ownership and sharing of data will increase the personal experience on websites and services linked to Facebook.
Steve Satterfield, director of public policy and privacy at Facebook, said: “Facebook partners never ignore privacy settings and it would be wrong to assume they did. We’ve partnered with so many companies so people can use Facebook on devices and platforms that we do not support. Unlike games, streaming music, or apps. Other third parties always provide a Facebook-independent experience, our partners can only provide specific features on Facebook and can not use the information for their purposes. “
A spokesman for Netflix also confirmed that they were not accessing private messages. A similar feature used by Netflix on Facebook from 2014-2015 requires access to a friend list. Netflix will allow you to share, recommend and share your TV shows and movies with friends via Messenger. Then, Netflix was given off this feature and committed to not accessing the personal messages of Facebook users.
Amazon also confirmed, Amazon only uses the API provided by Facebook to enhance the personalized experience on the products. Meanwhile, Microsoft has confirmed that it has fully followed the steps to ensure that Facebook data is not misused for advertising purposes, and emphasized that the company always respects the user’s preferences.
On the Apple side, the company said it did not know why they had such access privileges with user data, such as the ability to access contacts and calendar even when Facebook restricted data sharing. However, Apple insists never on taking any data away.
Many experts say that this is the implication of free API management. Thought that Facebook should have a more strict management policy than partners in using the API. If this is not done well, the partner can fully exploit the API vulnerability to collect Facebook user data at any time.
Facebook is probably behind Google concerning information accumulated from the user community. But if you do not manage it carefully and take measures to protect this information, Facebook is nothing more than selling and expose sensitive content of users to the world, not to mention they will become the target. The beginning of hackers and phishing applications.
After all, the billionaire social network needs to be transparent to itself before thinking about committing privacy.