US Senate panel to seek answers from Facebook about data access report

US Senate panel to seek answers from Facebook about data access report

Facebook told the paper that the data sharing was in line with its privacy policies and the 2011 FTC agreement, adding that they know of no cases where a partner of an agreement misused the data it was given access to. Facebook worked with these companies to make it possible for "dumb" feature phones with limited flexibility, and smartphones before app stores were available, to reach Facebook's databases and give users of those devices access to their Facebook accounts.

"Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders", the daily said reporting the results of its investigation.

Now, two USA senators have penned a letter to Mark Zuckerberg demanding more information about users' privacy and third-party companies' access to user data.

The partnerships give some device makers access to Facebook users' education history, relationship status, work, religion, political leaning and upcoming events, the Times reported. Apple tells the Times its access to the data ended in September; Amazon and Samsung declined to comment.

"I think there is a lack of transparency for users across many platforms" not just Facebook, the U.K.'s Information Commissioner, told the civil liberties committee of the European Union institution in Brussels on Monday evening.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal already led the FTC to investigate whether Facebook broke this settlement.

"I think Mark Zuckerberg's testimony raises very serious and severe questions about Facebook's credibility".

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In an interview Monday, Andrea Jelinek, who's in charge of policing the European Union's data privacy law, said regulators on the continent intend to examine the reports.

The senators also want Zuckerberg to answer how Facebook verifies that its data partners aren't abusing that information, as well as what other manufacturers the social network partnered with.

Facebook said it had begun dismantling pacts with device makers dating back as much as a decade - when the social network was rarely directly installed on phones.

Facebook is under fire once again for mishandling user data, this time charged with sharing information with at least 60 device makers, including Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Microsoft and Samsung. This deal supposedly continued even after Facebook made it known it would comply with the Federal Trade Commission's consent decree, which was meant to put a stop to the gathering of data without a direct agreement between the party and the firm.

On April 24, weeks after CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about user privacy, Facebook said in an announcement to developers that it was winding down access to device-integrated APIs.

Archibong says the APIs were created to fill a demand for mobile Facebook which the company couldn't fulfill alone, and were thus necessary.

Chinese telecommunications companies have come under scrutiny from US intelligence officials who argue they provide an opportunity for foreign espionage and threaten critical USA infrastructure, something the Chinese have consistently denied. In a blog post, Facebook disagreed with the report, saying the data agreements were necessary to build its product.

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