Facebook revealed in a new document delivered to the United States Congress that in recent years it has shared user data with 52 technology companies. The number was released among the 700 pages that the social network sent to the North American Energy and Commerce Committee to answer more than 1,200 questions asked about the privacy and security of information.
Among the companies that received access to the data through the partnership with Facebook are Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Qualcomm, Mozilla, Dell, LG, Nokia, Sony, Acer, HP, Opera and Yahoo. In addition, Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and Alcatel would also have obtained permission, further worrying American researchers, as some of the brands may be involved with the Chinese government.
Facebook revealed integration partnerships with major software and hardware manufacturers Photo: Gabrielle Lancellotti / dnetc
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According to Facebook, the goal of partnerships with software and hardware manufacturers, in addition to mobile phone companies and chip manufacturers, would be to help integrate services across different devices, operating systems and products.
Cooperation would also be a way to improve the user experience, allowing the creation of versions of the app, building hubs to aggregate messages or synchronizing data for uploading photos and integrating contacts, for example.
Some of the companies must have maintained the partnership, such as Apple and Amazon. Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
Of the 52 companies, 38 have had their partnerships terminated, according to Mark Zuckerberg's company. By the end of July, there are plans to finalize the contract for seven other manufacturers. However, some brands must maintain the agreement with Facebook. They are: Tobii, Amazon and Apple.
The first is a developer of accessibility software for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The application allows them to use Facebook through an eyepiece keyboard. Maintenance with Amazon and Apple has not been detailed, without specifying what companies do with the data.
Three other partnerships that should be maintained involve Mozilla, Opera and Alibaba. For these, the social network explains that a way for people to continue to receive notifications in their browsers, but without companies having access to user data.
Some browsers must also have a partnership maintained for notifications, but without access to data Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / dnetc
The controversy over the use of Facebook user information started in March 2018, when it was revealed that data from more than 50 million people would have been leaked to marketing firm Cambridge Analytica. The material, which drew psychological profiles of voters in the United States, would have been used for political propaganda.