We already know that Facebook shared its users’ data with software and hardware manufacturers. Now, in a response to a House Energy & Commerce Committee request for data, the company revealed that its users’ data have been shared with 52 companies, including Apple, Amazon.com, Microsoft, Samsung, as well as Chinese companies like Alibaba and Huawei.
“We engaged companies to build integrations for a variety of devices, operating systems and other products where we and our partners wanted to offer people a way to receive Facebook or Facebook experiences,” the company said in the documents. “These integrations were built by our partners, for our users, but approved by Facebook.”
The social media giant has already put an end to its relationship with 38 companies and plans to end seven more soon. However, some partnerships are due to continue. Facebook already has deals with Apple and Amazon. Tobii should continue its partnership with Facebook because of an eye-tracking app it is developing. Besides, to enable Facebook notification in browsers, alliances are in progress with Alibaba, Opera, and Mozilla. Don’t worry, access to your friends’ data won’t be included.
The company also gave 61 third-party app developers, including Hinge and Spotify, as much as six months of extra time to disengage their practices of data collection. Facebook also said it has given access to limited friends’ data to another five developers through a beta test, without explaining much.
While those partnerships weren’t wicked, it natural to have concerns, especially after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In this new responses, Facebook argued that the vendors in these partnerships were suppliers, not third-parties, confirming that the social media giant wasn’t violating the decree.