Facebook Reveals It Shared User Data With 52 Companies
On June 29, 2018, Facebook revealed to Congress in a 747 page document that it shares user data with 52 hardware and software companies. Facebook faced similar reports in the past regarding sharing user information.
Some major companies include Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry and Samsung.
The list of partnerships also includes four Chinese firms: Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. These firms have been flagged by U.S. intelligence as national security threats. In the past, the U.S government warned against purchasing phones produced by these Chinese firms.
Facebook claims that sharing data with other partner companies aids in improving user experience across platforms and devices.
During its hearing with Congress, Facebook also revealed that they have already discontinued 38 of the 52 partnerships. The remaining seven partnerships are expected to be terminated by the end of July 2018, and another partnership by the end of October 2018.
However, the six partnerships that will continue to remain are Tobii, Amazon, Apple, Mozilla, Alibaba and Opera.