Barbara Underwood, the new attorney general in NY, said in a statement Monday that her office continues to investigate Facebook's data use after Cambridge Analytica, which includes looking "into these "data-sharing" partnerships". I thought it was fairly common knowledge that BlackBerry had some special access to the Facebook API, especially with the way BBOS devices handled Facebook and how Facebook for BlackBerry 10 integrated with contacts and such through the Hub.
The New York Times reported late Sunday that Facebook "reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers - including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung - over the last decade".
Senior Facebook officials, however, defended the data-sharing agreements and claimed that they do no violate the US Federal Trade Commission's 2011 consent decree and are consistent with the company's privacy policies.
Without explicit consent, device makers were allowed to access data of users' friends, even after Facebook said it would not share such information.
In this new scandal, it was revealed that the device makers had access to the data of users and their friends who believed they had secured their information.
But the report raised concerns that massive databases on users and their friends - including personal data and photographs - could be in the hands of device makers as it did with Cambridge Analytica.
Archibong said that the companies it partnered with had signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any objective other than to recreate Facebook-like experiences.
In March Facebook came under heavy fire in the wake of news that Cambridge Analytica had misused user data in the lead up to the US Presidential election. "And our partnership and engineering teams approved the Facebook experiences these companies built", Archibong said.
"These partners signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other goal than to recreate Facebook-like experiences".
According to The New York Times, Facebook did this even after it declared it would no longer share such "deep access" with external companies.
Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon were among the companies who signed up to data sharing agreements using the APIs.
Why it matters: Had this happened before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it might not seem quite so shady.
Archibong went on to say that Facebook is "not aware of any abuse by these companies". Twenty-two of the partnerships have since ended, it said.
Facebook has issued a response to the article with a post titled "Why we disagree with the New York Times". "It is shocking that this practice may still continue six years later, and it appears to contradict Facebook's testimony to Congress that all friend permissions were disabled".
Parakilas told the Financial Times that while Facebook said it had blocked apps from acquiring the data held by app users' friends, "in the case of hardware manufacturers they didn't do that". A BlackBerry (bb) spokesperson told the paper that the Canadian firm "did not collect or mine the Facebook data of [its] customers".