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Facebook reveals data sharing agreements with 52 companies

02-July-2018
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Facebook reveals data sharing agreements with 52 companies

Facebook has revealed that it had shared user data with 52 companies, including Chinese firms, Huawei, Oppo and TCL, companies flagged by US intelligence as national security threats. This follows reports that the social media giant partnered with cell-phone makers to share data of users and their friends.

The social media giant's revelation came as a part of a more than 700-page document to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday.

Facebook shed light on these partnerships in wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, where the data of up to 87 million users have been unscrupulously shared, saying that it shared data with companies to improve its integration and user experience across devices and platforms in a time before smartphones using Apple's and Google's high-powered operating systems were the norm. The company also confirmed that it has ended such partnerships with 38 of the 52 companies, and the remaining partnerships will end in July this year.

Facebook also clarified that it has omitted mentioning these partnerships earlier and focussed on data sharing on apps created on its developer platform since this was the area concerned in the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Lawmakers raised concerns over Facebook’s data sharing agreements with Chinese companies, with House Energy and Commerce's Democrat Representative Frank Pallone saying, "After initial review, I am concerned that Facebook's responses raise more questions than they answer.”

According to reports, Facebook also had data sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Blackberry.

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