After Cambridge Analytica Facebook is trying to be transparent with it’s audience and the company is doing in this way. In latest response to the 747-pages questions raised by House Energy & Commerce Committee, Facebook has said that it shared user data with 52 companies, including Chinese. The committee said on its website that it received the responses shortly before midnight on Friday; the deadline for the responses was the close of business Friday. The committee released the information publicly on Saturday, The Hill reported.
This Chinese firms includes companies like Alibaba, Huawei, Lenovo and Oppo, some of these were already known. Facebook has also said they already ended partnerships with 38 of its 61 partnerships in July and one more in October this year. Facebook said partnership with Apple, Amazon and Tobii will continue, the agreement will continue beyond October this year. There is a partnership with Alibaba, Mozilla and Opera to enable Facebook notifications in browsers. Companies like Nike, Spotify, UPS and dating app Hinge has a special rights to access user data after blocking such access more broadly.
Company said it shared data with the other companies only to improve its integrations and user experience across platforms and devices. Company has given assurance of implementation of a implemented tougher sharing controls. Facebook said the nature of that work limited the firms to building just Facebook-approved products, and the integrations had all been approved by its engineering teams
The Social Networking Giant has gave third-party app developers one year of time to comply with the new rules, other 61 companies got as much as six months of extra time to wind down their data collection practices, the report said. One accessibility app – Serotek – received an eight-month extension. Things has been get tough for Facebook, company’s business strategist is now much more open with people.
According to a test by New York Times reporter logged into Facebook using a 2013 BlackBerry having 550 friends. Even though BlackBerry app is the Hub, the device was able to acquire “identifying information” for up to 295,000 Facebook user. Facebook does not take a immediate action to the request or even commented on this statement, but said that they are taking actions to make sure the Cambridge Analytica data exploit doesn’t happen again. Company has indicated it has struggled to fully reconstruct what happened to its users’ information. “It is possible we have not been able to identify some extensions,”
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has so far refused to give evidence to the committee, instead sending the company’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, to appear in April. There are concern that the Social Networking Giant has been using semantics to share data beyond a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent decree, but Facebook claimed that it was not violating the decree. Things has been pretty change after Cambridge Analytica and there is a lot of pressure on Facebook to maintain the privacy and user data.
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