Facebook gave personal data to 60 companies: report

Avatar By Neil Raymond | 3 years ago

Facebook gave personal data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon and Samsung, according to CNBC. On Sunday, the New York Times revealed that Facebook had formed at least 60 data-sharing partnerships over the last 10 years. They made these partnerships with companies such as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung.

Facebook is already facing an intense backlash from lawmakers, regulators and users from many different countries over its handling of personal data. These deals were made without consent of the users, and granted the companies access to a Facebook user’s relationship status, political leaning, educational history, religion and upcoming events, according to the New York Times.

Facebook responded to the New York Times report with a blog post late Sunday. The blog post was meant to respond to the allegations, and to  to defend its practice of sharing user’s personal data with other companies. The blog post stated: “These partners signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences.”  The comment has been attributed to Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships at Facebook.

CNNC has reached out to Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Samsung for comments on the matter, but each company has since not responded to the request.