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Facebook says preferential access to data with the permission of the user

A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this picture, figure 3 June 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it will not give some companies access to the data without their consent, after the New York Times reported Tuesday that the social network allowed some large technology companies more access to the data of the user.

The paper reported nyti.ms/2GveLcR that Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to include the names of almost all the Facebook users’ friends without their permission, citing documents from 2017.

“None of these partnerships or features that gave companies access to information without the consent of the people’s party, nor did they conflict with our 2012 settlement with the FTC,” Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook, director of developer platforms and programs, said in a blog post here bit.ly/2GrSQ6f.

Facebook also gave companies like Netflix (NFLX.O) and Spotify (SPOT.N) the ability to read users ‘ private messages and allowed Amazon (AMZN.O) to obtain users ‘ names and contact details of their friends, the New York Times said.

Facebook said what it did was to help users access their Facebook accounts, or specific features on devices and platforms built by other companies such as Apple (AAPL.O), Amazon, Blackberry (BB.And Yahoo, is known as integration partners.

The company said that these partners were given access to text messages, but users had to explicitly log in to Facebook first” before you have a partner messaging function.

Facebook said that the shutdown of almost all of these partnerships over the past few months, with the exception of Apple and Amazon.

Earlier this month the British legislator released documents that revealed Facebook offered a number of companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, access to data on the users’ friends from the not available to most of the other apps in 2015.

Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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