After claiming they restricted access to user data in 2015, social media giant Facebook has acknowledged that actually, they’ve shared user data with dozens of companies. And they want us to send them our nudes?
According to CNET, Facebook continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers after it said it discontinued the practice in May 2015. The social networking giant acknowledged this in what amounted to a whopping 747 pages of documents delivered to Congress late Friday. The documents were in response to hundreds of questions posed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by members of Congress in April.
“We engaged companies to build integrations for a variety of devices, operating systems and other products where we and our partners wanted to offer people a way to receive Facebook or Facebook experiences,” the company said in the documents. “These integrations were built by our partners, for our users, but approved by Facebook.”
This most recent disclosure was a part of Facebook’s second attempt to address questions posed to Zuckerberg in April by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In June, the social networkto some of the committee’s questions, many of which Zuckerberg responded to during that hearing by saying he’d have his team “get back to” lawmakers with answers.
The controversy erupted in June when the New York Times reported that Facebook had agreements to provide access to large amounts of user data to at least 60 different device makers — including companies like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and BlackBerry. In a test, a New York Times reporter logged into Facebook using a 2013 BlackBerry device, and accessed an account with roughly 550 friends, while monitoring the data requested and received. Through a BlackBerry app called The Hub, the device was able to acquire “identifying information” for up to 295,000 Facebook users.
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