Rep. David Cicilline: 'Looks Like' FB CEO Zuckerberg Lied to Congress

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Reportedly some manufacturers could retrieve user's friends' data, even if they believe they opted to not share their information.

Zuckerberg was adamant before Congress that Facebook is seriously committed to users' privacy.

The congressman was referring to a Sunday New York Times report that said Facebook set up data-sharing partnerships with device makers including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and Samsung. The newspaper says that the information sharing was started so that device makers could allow many of Facebook's most popular features to be found on mobile versions of the social network. In a report from The New York Times, it has been revealed that Facebook has several data-sharing partnerships with several huge tech companies.

In response, Facebook said the article's central allegation that the partnerships allowed unauthorized access to users' friends data is wrong.

According to The Times most of these partnerships are still in effect, though some began to be wound down in April.

Facebook might have thought that it could ease up now that the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal was dying down slightly, but a New York Times report has again put the company's policies under a spotlight.

Facebook is under fire once again after more revelations about data sharing.

Facebook confirmed the agreements but said they were used for creating "Facebook-like experiences" before app stores were the norm. "So companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube had to work directly with operating system and device manufacturers to get their products into people's hands", describes Archibong.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress in April to answer questions about data the company provided to third parties about their users.

These agreements have been in place longer than smartphones themselves have carried social networking apps, The New York Times reports.

"Over and over Facebook has proven itself unworthy of user's trust".

Archibong said that the companies it partnered with had signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any goal other than to recreate Facebook-like experiences. Cambridge Analytica obtained the data it had without Facebook's permission and used it to help the election campaign of US President Donald Trump. One New York Times reporter who used a Blackberry-supported app to log into Facebook found it could get unique personal information on 556 of his friends and on almost 295,000 of his friend's friends. "We are not aware of any abuse by these companies". "We've already ended 22 of these partnerships", Archibong said.

This means that even if a person is on top of their privacy settings, their information could still be exposed by their Facebook friends, or even the friends of their friends.

The deals granted the companies access to a user's relationship status, political leaning, educational history, religion and upcoming events, according to the news outlet.

"Tests by The Times showed that the partners requested and received data in the same way other third parties did", it says.

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised its users they would have full control over their data, noting that it cut off third-party access to detailed friend information back in 2015.