Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry and now also Huawei have received user data from Facebook since 2007. But it’s not only the big smartphone manufacturers that are receiving this data. So far 60 manufacturers are known who have received your data, your friends’ data and their friends’ data.
This also applies if the transmission of the data was deactivated. Facebook is coming under increasing pressure. We’ll explain what it’s all about.
Smartphone manufacturers benefit from sharing data
Not only smartphone manufacturers, but also other device manufacturers benefit from transferring data. This enables them to create complete, detailed user profiles. They can also see exactly who is using Facebook, when, with which device and to what extent. It was reported in the New York Times .
What data does the smartphone manufacturers and other manufacturers get? Among other things, user IDs, birth dates, data on career and school history as well as the online status. But also data about your relationship status, religious beliefs and political attitudes were passed on. Information from more than 50 categories can be obtained from manufacturers.
Facebook has been granting special access to Facebook data to various manufacturers of devices since 2007. This should make it easier for end device users to use Facebook. The problem: The data of your Facebook friends as well as the data of their Facebook friends are also given out. Even if the Facebook account settings expressly prohibit the sharing of data with third parties.
Smartphone manufacturers no “third parties”
Facebook rejects all accusations. Smartphone manufacturers are not “third parties” for the Group. Instead, the device manufacturers are service providers. According to Facebook, they are exempt from the regulation not to pass on data of members to “third parties” without express consent.
The so-called service providers are to be given the opportunity to use the data to make the experience on Facebook more interesting for the user. For example, Apple wanted to give users the opportunity to share an image directly from the camera app on Facebook.
Smartphone manufacturers are reluctant to comment
Among the over 60 manufacturers who have had a contract with Facebook for the use of personal data since 2007 include not only smartphone manufacturers but also Microsoft and Amazon. Amazon and Samsung have not yet said that they will not use the access since September. Microsoft and BlackBerry stated that they would not upload the data fetched from Facebook to their own servers. Only Android devices of the BlackBerry brand do not have Facebook access.
Facebook, however, explained that the interfaces were necessary for use in times before the app boom. However, access to data has been strictly restricted. No cases were known in which user data obtained in this way were abused.
Apple goes to counterattack
After the new data scandal surrounding data transfer to smartphone manufacturers became known, Apple is now launching a counter-attack. The iPhone group wants to make it much more difficult for the world’s largest social media platform to access user data in its web browser Safari. “We’ve all seen these like and share buttons and comment boxes,” said Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi and then said, “Well, it turns out they can also be used to spy on you. Today we’re closing it down.”
The group speaks with forked tongue. After all, they have also benefited for years from data matching with Facebook user data.
Smartphone manufacturer installs warning
For Facebook, however, the reaction of the smartphone manufacturer Apple can become a problem. Safari not only runs on Apple’s Mac computers, it is also the most widely used web browser on the iPhone. Be sure to read which mobile browsers are also available.
From autumn, Safari users will receive a warning when they visit websites that contain “Like” buttons or use the Facebook login feature. Then you can decide for yourself if you want to grant the data release. So far the data exchange happens unnoticed in the background.
To find out which data scandal has gone on, read our blog post #deletefacebook . What is your opinion on Facebook and all the recent scandals?