For years, Facebook gave other tech firms more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed

“For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews,” Nicholas Confessore, Michael LaForgia And Gabriel J.X. Dance report for The New York Times. “The social network allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.”

“The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier,” Confessore, LaForgia and Dance report. “Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, assured lawmakers in April that people ‘“have complete control’ over everything they share on Facebook.”

“In all, the deals described in the documents benefited more than 150 companies — most of them tech businesses, including online retailers and entertainment sites, but also automakers and media organizations,” Confessore, LaForgia and Dance report. “Their applications soughtthe data of hundreds of millions of people a month, the records show. The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017. Some were still in effect this year.”

“‘This is just giving third parties permission to harvest data without you being informed of it or giving consent to it,’ said David Vladeck, who formerly ran the FTC’s consumer protection bureau,” Confessore, LaForgia and Dance report.

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MacDailyNews Take: If you haven’t already (as if you haven’t seen more than enough), as we’ve been advising for years: #DeleteFaceBook!

As we wrote last May, “If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane.”

Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider in May 2010:

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

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Facebook discovers security breach affecting 50 million users – September 28, 2018
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Google hit with lawsuit accusing them of tracking phone users regardless of privacy settings – August 20, 2018
Google tracks users movements even when explicitly told not to – Associated Press – August 13, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg loses $16 billion in record Facebook fall – July 26, 2018
Facebook stock plunges as users vanish – July 25, 2018
Apple highlights user privacy as Facebook exec steps down – June 14, 2018
The 18 things you may not realize Facebook knows about you: Firm reveals the extent of its spying in a 454-page document to U.S. Congress – June 12, 2018
Facebook confirms sharing users’ personal data with Chinese companies – June 6, 2018
Apple’s macOS Mojave removes integration with third-party internet accounts like Facebook – June 6, 2018
Apple borks Facebook’s pervasive personal data-harvesting operation – June 5, 2018
Apple requested ‘zero’ personal data in deals with Facebook – CEO Tim Cook – June 5, 2018
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11 Comments

  1. Makes one wonder about the true value proposition to society of advertising. At what cost.

    New rule…
    Each citizen owns their own information and it can’t be given up with a EULA.

      1. Nah, makes zero sense.

        “Hey, I overheard you talking about Swift and I’m looking for an iOS developer for a big project. What’s your name?”

        “I’m sorry, you’ll have to sign a EULA for that information!”

        “Sure. Right. BYE!”

  2. I apologize. I was Facebook editor back when it was still published in paper, and only had students’ faces and addresses. Yes, Zuckerberg went to my high school, and that’s where the idea all started.

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