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Facebook says users knew of tech firms' data access

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Facebook says users knew of tech firms' data access

Facebook says users knew of tech firms' data access

Facebook said it did not give some companies access to people’s data without their permission, after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the social network allowed some large technology companies greater access to user data.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.


Facebook says users knew of tech firms' data access

Facebook firing back after a New York Times report that said the social network gave other companies far more access to users' data than it had previously disclosed.

In a blog post Facebook admitted that it allowed companies, including the New York Times -- and other tech giants like Netflix and Spotify -- to read people's private messages but denied it did so without users' consent and said it violated no FTC rules.

Citing documents from 2017 and interviews with more than 50 former employees, the New York Times report also detailed how Facebook allowed Microsoft's search engine Bing to see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without their consent and it gave Amazon access to users names and contact info through their friends.

Facebook said companies like Spotify obtained access to people's messages when users signed into Facebook first through the partner company's app.

Both Netflix and Spotify told the Times they were unaware they had this type of access and Facebook said they found no evidence that its partners abused their access.

The report said that more than 150 companies benefitted from this type of arrangement and helped Facebook bring in more users.

This is the latest in a series of privacy scandals for Facebook, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year and a hack disclosed in September that affected up to 50 million users.

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