Report: Facebook allowed device makers to access user info
Facebook gave deep data access to device manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung.
Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that it is shared “controlled” access to the data of the user with at least four Chinese companies, including a marked as a national security threat, a report said.
The social media giant approved data access to the Chinese companies, Lenovo, Oppo, TCL and Huawei—a electronics-production company with close ties with the government of China—in the agreements that date back to at least 2010, The New York Times reported.
The paper recently published reports about how Facebook has given device makers deep access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit permission. The data that are included work history, relationship status and like on the device of the users and their friends.
“I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensures that the information about their users has not been sent to the Chinese servers,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Facebook, which is banned in China since 2009, a declaration to ensure that the access to all the information that is shared with Huawei is carefully managed and remained on its phones, not Huawei’s servers.
The company said that it would mean the end of the data in cooperation with Huawei at the end of this week, Reuters reported. It is also the end of partnerships with three other Chinese companies.
“Facebook is learning the hard lessons that meaningful transparency is a high standard to meet.”
– Sen. John Thune, R-S. D.
“Facebook is learning the hard lessons that meaningful transparency is a high standard to meet,” says Sen. John Thune, R-S. D., chairman of the senate Commerce Committee.
The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Facebook in order to determine whether the company adhered to the 2011 scheme for which the determination of a number of security measures to ensure that users information is not shared without their permission.
In April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target the American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy.
The Times reported the recipients of the Facebook data listed Chinese companies such as Huawei have been banned by some U.S. government agencies due to the security risks although the company has long denied such concerns.
For years, Huawei and its Shenzhen-based competitor ZTE have been the subject of safety doubts in the US, but in particular, they have under control since the start of the Trump administration. The Pentagon has in May a ban on the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on a military base, four months after AT&T had a deal to sell a new Huawei smartphone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.