Netflix Jokes About Facebook Data Breach and Users Aren't Happy

Amazon and Microsoft are responding to a report that Facebook’s internal documents show it gave the tech giants and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is shown at a Senate committee hear

Amazon and Microsoft are responding to a report that Facebook’s internal documents show it gave the tech giants and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is shown at a Senate committee hear

Microsoft's Bing could also view almost all users' friends, Amazon could glean contact information from them, and Yahoo had access to their posting streams.

Spotify, on the other hand, admits they had access to read messages and even previously had the ability to read messages when people shared Spotify songs on Facebook Messenger but has since disabled that function. Data wasn't used for advertising and has since been deleted, the company told the Times. Facebook also allowed Apple to hide all indications that its devices were retrieving data from users.

Apple had special access to users' phone numbers and calendar entries.

"Delete access" meant that if you deleted a message from within Spotify, it would also delete from Facebook.

It's not the first time this year that Facebook has been indicted in a security scandal - in fact, it's been a awful year for the social media company, with the Cambridge Analytica scandaland multiple security breaches bringing it into disrepute.

Since then, as the social network has disclosed its data-sharing deals with other kinds of businesses - including internet companies such as Yahoo - Facebook has labelled them integration partners, too. Furthermore, Amazon was permitted to access various users' names and contact information through their friends without consent. He said the experiences were only available when users logged into the services through Facebook and were shut down almost three years ago.

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A spokeswoman said Microsoft "took significant engineering steps beyond what Facebook required" to make sure the data wasn't used in profiles for advertising. "At no time did we access people's private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so".

"The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017", The Times reported.

The Times reported Tuesday that the records show Facebook had arrangements with more than 150 companies - mostly in the tech industry but also in the automotive and media industries - to provide access to the data of hundreds of millions of people each month. But the Times report raises questions about how well Facebook managed those partners' access.

The Times report raises concern about Facebook's 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, which states the company can not share user data "without explicit permission". One said the partnerships seemed to give third parties permission to harvest data without users being informed of it or giving consent. Facebook has been battered in the markets this year as the data privacy scandal unfolded.

The Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) committee called for Facebook to explain its policy on user data and accused it of providing "misleading responses" to Parliament. A spokeswoman for Yandex, which was accused past year by Ukraine's security service of funneling its user data to the Kremlin, said the company was unaware of the access and did not know why Facebook had allowed it to continue. The agency said in March it was looking into whether Facebook engaged in unfair acts that might have violated the decree.

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