New York Times alleges Facebook shared user data with companies via device-integrated APIs

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Facebook has vigorously denied allegations that it shared user data with the likes of Apple and Samsung through device-integrated APIs. In an article entitled “Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends”, the New York Times raised concerns about the social network’s privacy practices. The NYT says that Facebook has brokered “data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers” over the last ten years. It alleges that the APIs gave companies access to the data of Facebook users’ friends without their explicit consent. The article questions not only Facebook’s privacy protections, but also its compliance with…

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