As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.
Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers – including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung – over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books.
Well, that’s one way for companies like Apple and Microsoft to claim to care about privacy, while at the same time still getting access to vast amounts of personal data.
I’m particularly annoyed that facebook was sharing the data of users who explicitly opted out of 3rd party sharing. One good thing to come out of this scandal is that the truth came out. Yet all too often the truth comes out and then nothing changes (as with snowden revealing government crimes). A lawsuit would send a strong message to companies that they don’t have a right to do this, but in reality the corporations can just grease the hands of politicians as usual to let them do whatever they want.