More than 60 technology manufacturers had in-depth access to Facebook users’ private data, as published by The New York Times just recently. Practically, Facebook is again involved in a private data leak scandal as it shared its users’ private data to Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and others tech companies.
According to the information regarding this issue, manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and others have been granted full access to the profiles of a type of Facebook users to get to know everything about them and their friends on Facebook, something that Facebook allowed deliberately and that it is not clear that it would inform those affected users about it.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, this practice no longer occurs, but still involves many companies besides Facebook in an insider trading business that users were never aware of.
Most seriously of all, even after promising not to share this information with companies outside of Facebook, this discovery implies that it was made.
Facebook responded to the allegations and denied the severity of this supposed private data leak
In response to the article, Facebook has quickly replied with a text on its official press page explaining “Why we disagree with The New York Times”.
According to the company, this situation is very different from what happened recently with Cambridge Analytica, a company that extracted Facebook users’ private data and that has led to a global investigation into the company’s methods and privacy protection.
In the text of The New York Times, it is clear that Facebook’s dealings with technology manufacturers allowed them to access Facebook users’ private data and, therefore, to know everything about the affected Facebook users, such as relationship status, religion, events on the agenda, political opinions, and so on.
According to one Federal Trade Commission official, these backdoors are not open, but they are arguably “locked” with poor security measures that anyone with enough knowledge can “unlock” to get inside information and cause a private data leak.