Spotify Says It Was Unaware of Personal User Data Shared by Facebook

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis Facebook’s Director of Developer Platforms and Programs penned the explanation

The report also alleges that Facebook along Amazon to gain usernames and contact information and Yahoo view friends's posts.

Satterfield also said that Facebook had made errors in its handling of these partnerships, which allowed continued use of data after the formal agreements had ended, and that it was now working to terminate many of them. The ad was in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where almost 100 million users had their data mined by the political consulting firm for use in the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook also emphasised that the partnerships all required consent from users, generally through signing in to Facebook in the target app.

For anyone who ever sent so-called private messages over Facebook Messenger, this week's second bombshell report about the tech behemoth's privacy infractions might make you second-guess whether your Facebook messages were ever really private to begin with. In some cases, companies had access to these data years after it was supposed to have been revoked. Today's Facebook scandal involves numerous big-names, including Microsoft, Netflix and others, after it was revealed major Facebook partners were exempt from Facebook's privacy rules.

Beyond Spotify and Netflix, Facebook reportedly gave user information to Pandora, Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, Sony, Microsoft, the Royal Bank of Canada and Rotten Tomatoes.

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According to the Times, more than 150 companies benefitted from various levels of access given to them by Facebook.

Amazon said its partnership with Facebook didn't violate its own privacy policy. This could apply to sharing the content of private messages, friends' lists and other information that Facebook gave its partners access to.

"The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017", The Times reported.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

The Times report raises concern about Facebook's 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, which states the company can not share user data "without explicit permission".

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Moreover, if media companies like The Times are potentially being granted special access to things like private Facebook messages, are reporters privy to this kind of information?

Facebook says it didn't violate its users' privacy in doing any of this.

Rising pressure: Another day, another Facebook scandal.

Facebook acknowledged in July it entered into data-sharing agreements with dozens of tech companies, admitting it continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers even after it said it had discontinued the practice in May 2015. Facebook has said there is no evidence that data was used or misused, but such assurances aren't worth much in the current climate.

The NYT report also sheds light on how Facebook shared data with over 60 manufacturers of mobile devices, with Apple being one of the most notable examples.

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"The flagrancy with which Facebook has flouted its consent decree shows it doesn't take the agency seriously", the group said in a statement.

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