Skip to comments.Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
Posted on 06/04/2018 2:29:06 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
As Facebook sought to become the worlds dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users personal information.
Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, like buttons and address books.
But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the companys privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found.
Most of the partnerships remain in effect, though Facebook began winding them down in April. The company came under intensifying scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators after news reports in March that a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, misused the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users.
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I've never had an account on Facebook, but I do on Twitter.
Their motives? Power and Money. And they have a lot of that.
Not a lawyer, but that seems actionable. Bankrupt those mfers.
Joining Facebook is near the top of my bucket list of things never to do.
Yes, they “deemed” themselves in compliance.
If you wonder why all computers are strangled with bloat and so much is done in Java Scripts?
This is your answer. The value of the data collected causes the crap.
Simplicity and function is not a goal. The goal is Control and Money. Nothing else matters.
So here we are, in the brave new world? Headshake.
The New York Times utilizes the basic concepts of a stage magician. While you are busy looking at the private companies Facebook shared data with, you are _not_ looking at the NSA behind the curtain.
I agree, but I’m afraid there are others who are just as unprincipled about information.
My father is 92 and still has a driver’s license, and is constantly called about selling his car and pickup. I’ve wasted many days trying to get the calls stopped. Even drove to a dealership 60 miles away and personally conveyed my anger with them. (We have never bought an auto from them) Even after the guy at the top was told, it was not an automatic end to it. And they don’t want anybody to know they do it. The guy at the top of that company looked me straight in the eye and said he did not buy the State of Texas data on that. (of course he bought it from someone who did)
Think about this, you register your car each year, they record the number of miles you drove from last years milage. They have your age and the details about the vehicle. So they sell the data to dealers prospecting for good clean used cars of old folks, who “don’t need it anyway”? If you are over 80, drove less than 1,000 miles last year, you are targeted.
My father seldom drives and when he does it is normally to the farm and back (4 miles). But I despise what the bureaucraps do with this.
Compared to the automobile and aviation, social media is not going to help us win any wars.
That is another can of worms. There is some justification of data monitoring related to terrorists and drug dealers. But there is a huge hole in responsibility for abuse.
We have discussed at least 3 major mass arrests here on FR and the trials that extend for years and all 3 have turned into a legal nightmare for many innocent people caught in the trap. The power is there, but like the sorcerer’s apprentice they don't have the knowledge of how to control it. Even now this is shown in Spygate or whatever you want to call it, huge abuse of police power with the Giant Database in the Sky (Cloud).
When will he go to jail?
Answer: NEVER. He paid them all off via "campaign contributions."
Have you followed the progress in the War against ISIS in Syria? They use tablets to map the battlefield progress and to communicate through.
The maps can be redrawn Daily or Hourly with precision.
And social media can be used to bypass the Mass Media sensors. I’ve see it done and have participated in that. It is a powerful tool, but can be used for good or bad.
The problem? Ultimately they are only as good as the motives of those who use the tools.
I have some personal experience “war stories” that support what we are discussing. And I have a number of friends who use it daily for good purposes.
I started using Twitter while chasing news coming from inside Iran during the revolt about the stolen election in 2009. It looked like the young people with smart phones were going to pull it off, until the Mullahs hired some foreign techs to overcome the Haystack software that someone here in Texas wrote to prevent the location of the users by the cell phone companies. They arrested over 2,000 young people, many were never seen again. It still makes me sad to look at my time line from then and see the number of accounts I talked to that appear no longer active accounts, un-highlighted text only.
This is the world we live in.
What we see called news in the US is far too often really only propaganda. Very sobering thought.
Campaign contributions are some of the carrots.
Facebook might have a few sticks as well... :-)
You are absolutely correct. But we must make it clear to the public how this works. Otherwise the nation is dead.
Yes, as Rush says: “Follow the money”.
Answer: NEVER. He paid them all off via "campaign contributions."
And there's still people on FR who don't get it.
Wouldn't a look at FEC reports be interesting .... I wonder how much cash was bundled on behalf of Zuckerberg and Facebook for all these politicians.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Zuckerberg being far, far head of the NRA with his "contributions."
Clandestine military portals into social media could end up being essential but that’s not to say that such tools don’t already exist and are currently in use.
I mean that they’re bought and paid for.
The percentages who do “get it” here on FR is hugely larger than the local population. And there are pockets in the nation where most of the public understands what is happening and resisting.
Then there are huge exceptions to that statement. CA and a few other states are so misinformed they are totally neutered.
“To market official truth so at variance with reality, or to engineer consent to policies that mock American values, government must so thoroughly misinform the public as to poison the wellspring of democracy” (from memory)
(The Rocket’s Red Glare, when America goes to war https://www.amazon.com/Rockets-Red-Glare-America-Presidents/dp/0671732870)
Oh, they do exit already.
Very likely true.
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