Facebook’s Denial to Giant Tech Companies like Spotify, Netflix and Others to Have Broader Access to data without user permission.
In a report by The Times, Facebook- to grow its user base and generate more advertising dollars, it gave tech giants like Amazon, Netflix and Spotify more detailed data than it had previously disclosed as a part of effort. And according to New York Times, it also gave these companies large access to data such as friends’ list and even private messages without users’ permission.
Although Facebook’s director of development platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, said in a statement that data sharing initiative were not done without user permission as part of partnerships or feature introduced.
“We’ve been public about these features and partnerships over the years because we wanted people to actually use them – and many people did,” said Papamiltiadis. “They were discussed, reviewed and scrutinized by a wide variety of journalists and privacy advocates.”
Microsoft’s Bing search engine was authorized to see the names of Facebook users without permission is one of the examples among the Times provided of wider data access allowed by Facebook. Another one is, Netflix and Spotify had access to user’s private messages, which sites “hundreds of pages of Facebook documents.” said the report.
Papamiltiadis acknowledges Facebook “needed tighter management over how partners and developers can access information.” While many of the attributes introduced through these partnerships in no longer available.
Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo and all the other including partners of Facebook told The Times that none of the data that they had access to, were inappropriately used.
Spotify stated, ” Spotify cannot read users’ private Facebook inbox messages across any of our current integrations,” and said in a statement that they don’t have any sort of evidence that Spotify ever accessed any private message.
Netflix denied the claims in the Times report, in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. The company said, “at no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook or ask for the ability to do so.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the claims that internal Facebook emails published by lawmakers in the U.K. proposed that the company explored different paths to sell people’s dat, earlier this month.
In 2012, Facebook settled penalties with the Federal Trade Commission, requiring them to ask users for permission before sharing their private information.
Facebook being accused of accessing Facebook accounts improperly by Cambridge Analytic, a political consulting firm, used by President Donald Trump during 2016 election, it had to face intense inspection this year over how it controls and manages user information since then .