Facebook Gave More Than 150 Companies, Including Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon and Yahoo, Unprecedented Access To Users' Personal Data: NYT

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    • #2278
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      By way of slashdot, so I’ll link to them.

      The New York Times obtained hundreds of pages of Facebook documents https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html which were generated in 2017 that show that the social network considered these companies business partners and effectively exempted them from its privacy rules. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pranavdixit/facebook-private-messages-shared-netflix-spotify From a report:

      Facebook allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of nearly all users’ friends without their consent, let Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada read, write, and delete users’ private messages, and see participants on a thread, allowed Amazon to get users’ names and contact information through their friends, and let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts “as recently as this summer” despite publicly claiming it had stopped sharing such information a year ago, the report said. Collectively, applications made by these technology companies sought the data of hundreds of millions of people a month.

      The records also show that Russian search giant Yandex, which was accused last year by Ukraine’s security service for giving user data to Kremlin, also had access to Facebook’s unique user IDs in 2017. A Yandex spokeswoman told the Times that the company was unaware of the access to user data provided by Facebook. Yandex did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment. In response to the report, Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s Director of Privacy and Public Policy defended the actions of the social network.

      https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/12/19/049257/facebook-gave-more-than-150-companies-including-microsoft-netflix-spotify-amazon-and-yahoo-unprecedented-access-to-users-personal-data-nyt

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      Facebook 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.

      Bold added by me.

      • #2311
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        Data privacy experts disputed Facebook’s assertion that most partnerships were exempted from the regulatory requirements, expressing skepticism that businesses as varied as device makers, retailers and search companies would be viewed alike by the agency. “The only common theme is that they are partnerships that would benefit the company in terms of development or growth into an area that they otherwise could not get access to,” said Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist at the F.T.C.

        Some animals are more equal that others… 

        Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #2706
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      surveillance and management of our society is much more efficient, if the oligarchs are all on the same page.

    • #2861
      Rocky
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      for my decision to never join Facebook despite pressure from friends and family.

      I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy,
      In a world full of pushin' and shove.

      Jimmy Buffett, "The Wino and I Know"

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