NY Times: Facebook made deals with Apple, Samsung and others allowing them access to personal data

NY Times: Facebook made deals with Apple, Samsung and others allowing them access to personal data
Through partnerships that Facebook has with at least 60 device makers including Apple, Samsung, Amazon, BlackBerry and Microsoft, the social network has been sharing members' personal information with the manufacturers. According to a story in the New York Times on Sunday, this has been going on for over ten years. The newspaper says that the information sharing was started so that device makers could allow many of Facebook's most popular features to be found on mobile versions of the social network.

Back in 2011, Facebook signed a consent decree with the FTC that prevented the company from sharing members' personal data without their consent. Even before Cambridge Analytica became a household name, Facebook allowed device members to access the personal information of members' friends without permission, possibly breaking the consent decree. The New York Times says that it discovered that the manufacturers were able to access data from members' friends even if they had specifically banned Facebook from using their data.

Ime Archibong, a Facebook vice president, says that the partnerships with device makers are there just to help them provide users of their products with "versions of the Facebook experience." The manufacturers who partnered with Facebook have access to members' "relationship status, religion, political leaning, upcoming events and other data." 

As an example of how device makers in the partnership with Facebook have special privileges involving members' data, a reporter for the New York Times logged into Facebook using the Hub app. He was able to obtain information about 556 of his friends. That data included their political leanings, the religion they practice, relationship status and any upcoming events. Facebook says that this is okay because even though it stopped providing this information to third parties in 2015, it doesn't consider BlackBerry to be a third party because of the partnership that it and other device makers have with Facebook.


source: NYTimes

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30 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2291; Member since: May 04, 2015

Fb is insidious and that's why I've never used their app and only log in with my browser. They may still have my basic information but not everything I do through my device.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2383; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

They sure as heck have information on every website you’ve visited if you use the browser to log in. What do you think cookies are used for?

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If we can't beat them, we'll join them. Why not monetize our data? Not everything is free now.

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Everything is free today and if you are not paying for the product, you are the product.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You keep saying that but your beloved Apple is also on that list.

20. IT-Engineer

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yes, but these companies agreed to use your data to serve you adds, not to sell your data to third parties.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Besides who cares if you're the product, if you get something in return for free. In all cases, you as a consumer are only good for 1 thing, your money.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I thought cookies are used to ease alcohol hangovers? What's the world coming to, Doc?

27. TheOracle1

Posts: 2291; Member since: May 04, 2015

Third-party cookies = disabled Adblocker = enabled If they have my info on the websites I've visited with those browser settings then they're more insidious than I thought. My point is that the fb app itself is the one mining your phone and everything on it. On the other hand I don't use any of the above-mentioned manufacturers anyway.

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Even if Apple dealt and accessed user data, it will be safe but I'd never believe scammers like Facebook and Samsung

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Apple scammed their customers with their phones which customers are paying for, if you think they won't scam them with their data then you truely are a blinded sheep. ( Excuse my language )

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So Apple is using an illegal method of accessing user data (which you doubt, despite the evidence) just like anyone else but you still trust them. Wow, love does make blind.

9. IT-Engineer

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

unfortunately some of their loyal customers will never see the truth. I use Android, i prefer it. But not for once would i trust google, Samsung, Facebook, Apple or any tech giant. To be honest, the only tech giant i have a little respect for more the others mentioned above, is Microsoft. They are the best when it comes to Software development tools, Cloud and so on.

24. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and Windows 10's lovely key logging feature.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nice way to make some Apple fans look more blind then they already are. All thanks to you.

15. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Bad case of sticking your head in the sand huh? How much does it take for you to realize Apple is exactly like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and countless others? Earlier this week there was an article that says Apple plans to extend their advertising network to make more money off their users. Be blind if you wanna be, meanwhile Apple has been and will continue to sell your personal info to other companies in the same way Google, Facebook and Microsoft do, except you paid a bit more for it than the average Android user haha.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, Apple didn't sell personal data, in this case, it bought access to personal data. Also, Google doesn't sell your personal data.

25. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If you think Google doesnt sell your personal data, you are naive.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4214; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Prove it please? They sell anonymized data, personal identifiers aren't there.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They would be foolish to sell your personal data since they make money out of your data by providing filters. When they would sell your data, marketers wouldn't need Google's filters. I doubt they would destroy their own business model

29. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's because you're a sheep. This clearly shows Apple are selling your data, just like everyone else.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

We really need a #Resist moment... Twitter doesn't mine our data, then why Facebook has a need to do so other than to use it for exploitative purposes? Thanks to Facebook; a semi-insane man has his finger on the world's deadliest nuclear arsenal; enough to kill the world's population 200 times. We are looking at 1.4 Trillion souls. If the world ends-up in a nuclear apocalypse then its going to be Facebook who will stand as the culprit... Zuckerberg; have mercy on humanity.

18. notfair

Posts: 744; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

now we know the reason why it's a f**king SYSTEM APP and cannot be uninstalled. Glad I deleted my account.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's not a system app though

23. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

It's just Facebook being Facebook.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31073; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So much for the Apple doesn’t mess with user info thing blind fanboys like to say. Big greedy companies, do big greedy things.

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