"But people had to explicitly sign in to Facebook first to use a partner's messaging feature", Papamiltiadis wrote. The ad was in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where almost 100 million users had their data mined by the political consulting firm for use in the 2016 presidential election. Microsoft had a similar deal for Bing, where it could "see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent".
The New York Times was one of the companies that had access to private user data from Facebook, a key point brushed over in a report released by the paper.
"Delete access" meant that if you deleted a message from within Spotify, it would also delete from Facebook.
This was an exemption issued to Facebook by the FTC to allow it to do things such as process card transactions - whether the company's assessment will stand up to scrutiny remains to be seen. The company insists that those partnerships are not barred by the FTC agreement, arguing that third party companies are service providers that use the data only "for and at the direction of" Facebook, functioning in a way as an extension of the social platform.
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After the March revelations about how Cambridge Analytica appeared to take advantage of loose Facebook rules to gather information on people's Facebook friends without their overt approval, we were somewhat comforted by the idea that this was a vestige of Facebook past.
Facebook is facing fresh claims that it exploited users' privacy (yet again) by allowing other tech firms access to private message. The report also found that some of the access deals began in 2010, all of them were still active in 2017, and some were ongoing this year too.
The arrangements bypassed Facebook's typical privacy protections, making it harder for users to determine where and how their data was being shared by using the tools Facebook had made available for that objective. Lawmakers have been threatening for some time to impose new regulations to rein in Facebook, and the news report only seemed to further the case. We have no evidence that Spotify ever accessed users' private Facebook messages. Maybe those special deals were fine to make, met the smell test of consent from Facebook users, and complied with Facebook's 2011 agreement with the USA government to never again share user information without people's explicit permission. A spokeswoman for the news organization said it was not obtaining any data.
Rising pressure: Another day, another Facebook scandal.
Facebook admitted that some of the deals were "mismanaged", with the PR pointing to work it has already launched to review and restrict data access.