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For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

 

The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.

 

The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users — control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight.

 

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages. The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier..........

 

https://www.nytimes....ok-privacy.html

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I saw this, this morning pertaining to android.

We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.
...apps that the study determined send data to Facebook include MyFitnessPal, Duolingo, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, Spotify, Yelp, Shazam, and Indeed.

 

https://www.privacyinternational.org/campaigns/investigating-apps-interactions-facebook-android

 

I don't have a FB account but apparently that doesn't matter. Sad.

 

I downloaded the pdf so I could look through the apps tested.

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Luckily, I do not use any of those apps anyway. BTW I seen the report the other day as well.

 

The only one that I had ever heard of was Shaazam

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I don't really use FB apps. I am the grandfather that just looks at the pictures. I am not the user Facebook wants. :)

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I don't really use FB apps. I am the grandfather that just looks at the pictures. I am not the user Facebook wants. :)

 

BTW all of those app are 3rd party. You are just what facebook wants... Data-mining user info to sell.

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BTW all of those app are 3rd party
No, most of the ones I mentioned above [MyFitnessPal, Duolingo, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, Spotify, Yelp, Shazam, and Indeed] are on googleplay. Those of us that have 3rd party apps blocked could still get burned.

https://play.google....olingo&hl=en_US

https://play.google....d.main&hl=en_US

https://play.google....dvisor&hl=en_US

https://play.google.....music&hl=en_US

https://play.google....ndroid&hl=en_US

https://play.google....ndroid&hl=en_US

https://play.google....search&hl=en_US

 

You said facebook apps which led me to think that you meant the apps on facebook.com.

 

Those apps are not facebook apps, those are android apps.

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Its not just apps, its mostly cookies that open up your browsing activities to facebook. Search it on google, it'll end up in facebook very quickly.

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