Apple is dead serious about protecting your privacy but expect some inconveniences

Apple is dead serious about protecting your privacy but expect some inconveniences

Apple is dead serious about protecting your privacy but expect some inconveniences

The practice - which may have occurred without users' full knowledge - drew sharp rebukes from lawmakers on Monday, who said Facebook has misled them about the way it collects and swaps consumers' data. Here, a man reads security parameters on his phone in front of a Facebook logo in Bordeaux, southwestern France. The company apparently provides user data to device manufacturers; allowing them to access not only the data of those logged into smartphones, but also that of their friends as well.

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist. Mr. Thune said the Senate Commerce Committee, of which he is chairman, would seek more information from Facebook.

The senators also want Zuckerberg to answer how Facebook verifies that its data partners aren't abusing that information, as well as what other manufacturers the social network partnered with. But the Times says Facebook provided far-ranging access - and possibly broke rules in a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission, in which Facebook agreed that its users' data wouldn't be shared with third parties without their consent.

Facebook is pushing back against a media report saying that it provided extensive information about its users and their friends to third parties like phone makers.

The Times piece uses the example of BlackBerry's Hub app, which aims to consolidate a user's messages from various platforms-from Facebook notifications to Gmail emails-into one interface.

This, of course, did let device makers access Facebook data.

"Think of an API as a side door that allows you to retrieve data from a guarded room".

The data sharing was reportedly an issue as early as 2012. "Individuals cannot be expected to be able to weigh the risks and benefits of sharing their personal information, when the transaction is mostly completely opaque by design and they can't trust what companies are telling them".

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He added: "We would have conceded more goals in the first half but this young team does not give up. Obviously there is a long way to go, but yeah, we've just got to do what we done today.

"Over the last decade, around 60 companies have used" these "device-integrated APIs", Facebook's Archibong wrote in his blog posting.

The Times said the Facebook messages and data were routed to a BlackBerry app called the Hub, which was created to aggregate and centralize instant messages, emails, text messages and notifications from many sources, including social-networking services. Samsung declined to respond to the Times' questions about its partnership with Facebook.

Archibong said the cases were "very different" from the use of data by third-party developers in the Cambridge row.

The Times found that because of this loophole, a 2013 Blackberry device using a Facebook account with 556 friends could access the data of hundreds of thousands of people without their permission.

Facebook is under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers, regulators and users around the world over its handling of users' data and the steps it takes to protect their privacy.

There's a lot of background on Facebook's handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and there are predictable comments from Facebook's most frequent critics.

It seems that even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has not yet covered all its legal bases or sorted out any loose ends.

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