Report reveals Facebook gave tech giants private messages, other user data

December 19, 2018 - 8:38 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Facebook has been accused of allowing more than 150 tech firms access to the private data of its 2.2 billion users.

A report Tuesday by the New York Times says the social media giant has been sharing the sensitive information with dozens of companies without asking permission.

Amazon, Microsoft and Spotify were among the companies that were allowed to bypass Facebook’s privacy rules and given intrusive access to user data, the Times reported, citing internal documents.

Netflix and Spotify were allowed to read the private messages of users.

Apple was able to access contact numbers and calendar entries of users who'd disabled sharing in their account settings.

Microsoft could see the names of users’ friends without their consent.

Some of the companies, including Apple, Netflix and Microsoft, have denied they were aware of or used the data Facebook reportedly provided them with.

Facebook told the Times that the data handover didn’t violate its 2011 Federal Trade Commission agreement to get users consent before sharing their data because “Facebook considered the partners extensions of itself.”

The company said the data sharing was meant to give its users easier access to its services through other devices and platforms.