Facebook reveals data-sharing agreements with Huawei, Lenovo, and more

Facebook reveals data-sharing agreements with Huawei, Lenovo, and more
After a New York Times report recently claimed that Facebook had struck data sharing agreements with at least 60 companies since 2007, the social media company has now confirmed that it has entered partnerships with at least four different Chinese companies, and of these, perhaps the name that stands out the most is Huawei, which most recently failed to secure a carrier deal in the US due to security concerns.

According to the social media giant, the agreements in place with certain companies reportedly allow the Facebook service to be recreated on smartphones and stated that no data related to any Facebook users was ever stored on Huawei’s servers. Also, Facebook mentions that it had both managers and engineers review apps in order to ensure data wasn’t stored by Huawei. Despite these efforts, though, Facebook has confirmed that it is currently in the process of ending its agreement with the Chinese giant and that the annulment of it will be finalized by the end of this week. However, as pointed out previously, Huawei isn’t Facebook’s only partner.

Aside from the popular smartphone manufacturer, Facebook also has a partnership with Oppo, which is currently in the process of launching its brand over in three major European countries, coinciding with the release of its Find X flagship. Additionally, the world’s largest PC maker, Lenovo, who is also the owner of Chicago-based Motorola, has been confirmed as having an agreement with the social media giant along with TCL, the manufacturer behind BlackBerry’s recent smartphones. Unlike Facebook’s deal with Huawei, though, the Instagram owner has not revealed any plans to stop working with any of the remaining companies.

Outside of China, Facebook is said to also be working with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung. In addition, Apple is also among those listed, but it's worth pointing out that the company’s CEO Tim Cook has since spoken out, stating that the company had “zero” collusion with Facebook on data-sharing.

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14 Comments

1. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

What else Facebook is hiding?

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

The secret to end world hunger, probably

5. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

So, WSJ wrote that Apple share data with Facebook. Facebook claims that they share data with Apple. But because Crook said opposite - that is not true?!? Who is Tim Crook? The God? Themis?

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Did we ever see an official statement from Facebook and not from NYT?

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You expect PA posters to read anything?

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Surprised this is still news. Like seriously....how many people didn't know this was taking place when creating a fb account years ago?

4. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Facebook is sinking everyone with them. That's what happens when u deal with this shady company.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh yea when Apple stated they didn't do anything, fandroids were roasting Tim, now Facebook itself has mentioned it's sharing data with the top Android OEM's, where are those people not LOLOLOL?

9. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's already out that Facebook shares data with Android OEM's, Microsoft, Amazon and more. The only one denying it is Tim "honesty" Crook.

11. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Dont understand the difference? Which Android OEMs have deny about it? So far only lying Cook have denied it. LOL?

10. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Funny when you think Facebook is banned in China. This clearly aims for oversea users.

12. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

The only solution is to be Facebookless ...

13. olayaya unregistered

so what's new after all? it's obvious!

14. olayaya unregistered

I read that one company or person used blackbarry z10? for texting only, no camera, no microphone! used overseas

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