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The deals may have breached Facebook's compliance with a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordering the company to keep users' information private.

Critics of the company say that the device-integrated APIs are a violation of that control, however, allowing device makers a direct line into user data.

Facebook has formed data-sharing partnerships with 60 device makers, including Apple and Microsoft, giving them access to information of users and even their friends, a media report has claimed, weeks after the social media faced massive backlash for improperly sharing personal data of up to 87 million people.

Under some of the agreements, device makers could access the data of users' friends, even if they believed that they had barred sharing, the Times reported citing company officials.

The Cambridge Analytica controversy, which first came to light in March, led to enormous scrutiny for Facebook, numerous changes to its privacy practices, and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg appearing before lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Facebook acknowledged that some partners did store users' data, including data from their Facebook friends, on their own servers, but said that those practices abided by strict agreements.

A spokesman for Apple told the Times that it used the partnership with Facebook to allow iPhone users to post photos to the platform without opening the Facebook app. Apple no longer has such access to Facebook since last September.

It's Facebook that you should be anxious about abusing your personal data - not Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Samsung.

Contrary to reporting in The Times, Archibong also insists the information of users' Facebook friends was only accessible on devices when users made a decision to share their information with such friends.

"When we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they had told us that they weren't using the data and deleted it, we considered it a closed case", Zuckerberg said on Capitol Hill in April.


But they may have given access to more data than assumed, says the article.

"Facebook and other data collectors, including these device manufacturers, should be prepared to come before Congress so that we can get a better grasp of the entire data collection ecosystem", New Jersey Rep.

Archibong said the rise of iOS and Android meant few people now rely on the bespoke Facebook experiences these companies used to provide, which is why the company began "winding down" the partnerships in April, having ended 22 so far.

8/ This wasn't a small misstatement - the crux of Facebook's argument was that they fixed the friend permission problem in 2014.

Earlier Monday, Facebook rebuffed any charges that it had violated its users' privacy.

A Blackberry spokesman said the company "did not collect or mine" the data given by Facebook.

Facebook prohibited tech developers from accessing the data of users' friends after discovering the Cambridge Analytica breach in 2015, but the makers of cell phones and other devices were not subject to the restriction.

"It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook's testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled", he said.

Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung.


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