Facebook has shared users’ personal data with 150 companies, according to the New York Times. The users’ contact info, friends’ names, private messages and unposted photos were accessible to companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify.
Facebook has responded, that other companies were able to read its users’ private messages with the consent of the users.
Hundreds of internal Facebook documents and interviews with more than 50 former employees, quoted in The Times, confirm the disclosure of personal data. Spokespersons for Spotify and Netflix tell they didn’t use the broad powers provided by Facebook, because they were unaware of them.
Facebook said, the user gave consent because they signed into Facebook through the partner company’s app, saying: “Facebook’s partners don’t get to ignore people’s privacy settings, and it’s wrong to suggest that they do.”
It was recently reported that Facebook discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. For 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018, the bug allowed third-party developers view the photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, whether they’d shared them or not.