'Sure Looks Like Zuckerberg Lied to Congress': Ranking Democrat Hits Facebook Report

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Facebook's 2011 FTC agreement requires it to obtain "affirmative express consent " before making changes that override users' privacy preferences. In the blog post Sunday, Facebook said it gave device makers access to software only so they could build versions of Facebook that worked on different phones or operating systems.

Facebook, the report says, gave phone vendors access to data about device users' friends without explicit permission, despite assurances by the social network that it would not longer do such things.

The New York Times is out with a report alleging that Facebook improperly let other companies have access to users' personal information-and even their friends' information. That's where a Trump-connected political consulting firm used data derived from as many as 87 million Facebook profiles in order to sway election results.

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

This would mean that the likes of Apple and Samsung have had potential access to user data for some time.

The company has since terminated 22 partnerships with device makers, he added.Shares of Facebook were down 1.8% pre-market at 6:34 am in NY on Monday, following a similar trend in Europe where it was down 2.2% at the same time in Frankfurt.Facebook is retooling its approach amid a global consumer and regulatory backlash. "As always we're working closely with our partners to provide alternative ways for people to still use Facebook", concluded Archibong.

"Contrary to claims by the New York Times, friends" information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends, ' Archibong wrote.

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Next, it was déjà data-analytics vu in April, when Facebook suspended a second firm, Cubeyou, for dressing up its personal-data snarfing as "nonprofit academic research", in the form of personality quizzes, and handing over the data to marketers.

"This is yet another concerning example of companies collecting, sharing, and exploiting users' data in completely unexpected ways", said the group's legal officer, Ailidh Callander. The partnerships, which included Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, may have violated a 2011 consent decree that the Federal Trade Commission imposed on Facebook, the Times said.

Facebook said in a statement the company looks "forward to addressing any questions the Commerce Committee may have".

The social network acknowledges the data sharing deals, which it says - according to a New York Times report - it has struck with at least 60 device makers since 2007.

Kogan developed an app that required people to sign in using their Facebook accounts - and that then harvested data about those users and their friends, that was then used by Cambridge Analytica to develop psychological profiles of us voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election. And while some of the decade-old agreements may still be in effect, they're not as useful nowadays when Facebook directly creates and controls the apps that go onto your smartphone. "These partnerships work very differently from the way in which app developers use our platform", Facebook vice president Ime Archibong told NYT.

'It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook's testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled'.

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