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?

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Paolo Beffagnotti
15 months ago

4 answers


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.

Tony Fish
15 months ago

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.

Richard Goldsmith
15 months ago
Agree; except for consumer suassion - Dr. David E. 6 months ago

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. 

Hitesh Mathpal
6 months ago
Right, whatever you post online will be public. Maybe not everyone will be able to find the information, but someone yes. Even if you remove the information, this will be available for a while in the future. It is really though to cancel all the footprints - Paolo 6 months ago
Just leave FB and social media and get a real life - Dr. David E. 6 months ago
Even if leaving social your data is already in, too late. Just try to control what you are sharing. Social is now part of the real daily life as everyone is there. - Paolo 6 months ago
Agree. but everyone is NOT there. - Dr. David E. 6 months ago
Thanks for sharing. Nothing really new, we suspected about this - Paolo 6 months ago
Agree. Paolo Beffagnotti - Hitesh 6 months ago
YEP - I am not on FB - Dr. David E. 6 months ago
Pity the Fools! - Dr. David E. 6 months ago

Be safe in whatever you do, be it FB, or anything for that matter, even actual activities. Why did we join FB? Look into your purpose. How can FB help me?
Some, if not everyone I should say knows the privacy issues and they keep on posting even nonsense or things that are not really appropriate to be exposed to the public or even friends. Some crimes are committed because of "Stalkers" on FB who know your every move and every location; which is scary

Edna Cuaresma, MD, LlB
6 months ago
Use a VPN, your own blog or website, or proxy server TOR, etc. - Dr. David E. 6 months ago

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