Facebook reveals more data-sharing partnerships with tech cos

Facebook entered into data-sharing partnership with 52 technology companies, including Chinese companies like Alibaba, Huawei, Lenovo and Oppo, the social networking giant said in its latest response to Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives.

Facebook said it gave companies ‘one-time’ access to user data after saying it had restricted access to such data back in 2015.

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The 747-page document released to the US lawmakers, late Friday, reveals that companies like AOL, Nike, UPS and dating app Hinge were granted a six-month extension by Facebook.

In total, 61 companies were granted access to user information, the document shows. However, partnerships with Apple, Amazon and Tobii, an accessibility app that enables people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) to access Facebook are due to continue beyond October this year.

The social media giant said it had already ended partnerships with 38 of them with seven more due to expire in July and one more in October this year, Engadget reported on Saturday.


Facebook said that it implemented tougher sharing controls in 2014 and gave third-party app developers one year of time to comply with the new rules. However, 61 companies got as much as six months of extra time to wind down their data collection practices, the report said.

This comes on the back of revelations earlier in April that 87 million Facebook profiles were harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political analytics firm, without people’s express consent.



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