The Social network Facebook has been sharing members personal information with the manufacturers.
According to the report, Facebook collaborated with 60 device makers including Apple, Samsung, Amazon, BlackBerry, and Microsoft.
The report says that the Facebook has been sharing members personal information, this sharing was started so that device makers could allow many of Facebook’s most popular features on mobile versions of the Facebook.
In 2011 Facebook signed an agreement with the FTC that prevented the company from sharing members personal data without their permission.
Before Cambridge Analytical, Facebook even allowed device members to access the personal information of members friend without permission, clearly breaking the agreement. The report says that it was observed that manufacturers were able to access data if they had banned Facebook from using their data.
Ime Archibong, a Facebook vice president, explains that the partnerships with manufacturers are just to help them provide users with “versions of the Facebook experience”. The manufacturers have access to members relationship status, religion, political view and other data.
The source of reports is New York Times, to understand how manufacturers in the partnership have special privileges, a reporter for the New York Times logged into Facebook using Hub app. He was able to get personal information of his 556 friends. That data included their political views, the religion they practice, the religion they practice, relation status and other personal data.
Facebook says that this is okay because Facebook stopped providing information to third parties in 2015, it doesn’t consider BlackBerry to be a third party because of the partnership that they had with other manufacturers.
One analyst said: If you think that Facebook or the device manufacturer is trustworthy, you are wrong more collected data means more security issues.