Facebook gave device makers deep access to data on users and friends
It looks that Facebook shared personal information again. What could happen now? NYT tested Facebook by integrating the social into device makers' software and it had access to over 50 personel information (e.g. friends education, relationship status, political and religious learnings, etc.).
What could be the consequence for this?
so its responsibilities have not changed and in your mind you need to understand facebook as as service ( to users) where you control your content via preferences and facebook as a platform where you data is controlled by the contract terms you agreed to. How facebook onward share your data is a contractual issue - which is why transparency would help.
Technically there aren't any significant consequences beyond getting dragged in front of Congress for another dog and pony show. Edge providers have few regulations governing what they can and can't do from a privacy standpoint. And Facebook's TOS (along with most of these device manufacturers') essentially opts users in to virtually any data practices the company might make a case is in the users' interest. Explicit agreement to specific data partnerships and sharing practices is all too rare in this day and age. It's yet to be determined the impact of the EU's GDPR globally, but I'd be shocked if these practices are curtailed in the near term or if more explicit regulation will come from Congress. It certainly is unlikely to come from the FCC or FTC given the current executive environment.
I think this is more noise than an actual threat. A very old argument and that is still true - if you expose your data to a public network, you can not expect data to be personal anymore, period. Facebook user terms and conditions when you sign up ( which nobody reads) deliver the same message in a complex legal language.
If Congress really wants to stop data leak they need to learn how the internet works.