From the Cambridge Analytica-scandal in spring, up to two data leaks in the autumn, and as regards its handling of user data, Facebook this year already in continuous defense mode. On Tuesday evening another topic was cooking now that had been announced already through the publication of internal Facebook documents: Facebook’s questionable data-Deals with companies like Netflix and Yahoo.

In an extensive Research, based on confidential documents and numerous Interviews with former employees, the New York Times, in what a far-reaching extent Facebook with third-party companies cooperated. Overall, it should have with more than 150 companies data Deals.

For some companies – such as Spotify and Netflix, but also Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon – are supposed to have existed here over the years, special provisions, and partly to points in time at which they were no longer needed for certain functions.

As Spotify and Netflix from Facebook to Read about, Write, and delete permissions for the private messages from Facebook users (according to Facebook but only if you had logged in via Spotify’s Desktop App even in the case of Facebook). And Yahoo had apparently, over the years, access to posts from friends of a user in connection with a function, which had set the company in 2011.

Greater than Cambridge Analytica

Big Facebook partners such as Microsoft and Amazon are said to have received the research that sometimes more data than Cambridge Analytica: “the data of hundreds of millions of people per month, including E-Mail addresses and telephone numbers – without the Knowledge or consent of users.” Depending on the Deal, it apparently came to data transfers, when users on Facebook, not a single Third-party App had deliberately approved a transfer of data.

In the context of the Deals, no money should be invested, instead, it was to help each other. “From the exchange, all should benefit,” the New York Times. “In search of explosive growth, Facebook had more users, increasing its advertising revenue. Partner companies had features that made their products more attractive.”

Some of the Deals helped Facebook according to the New York Times to improve its own function of “people you may know”, the users potential Facebook recommends friends (and always scary). So, for example, data from contact lists from Amazon, Yahoo, and Huawei should be included.

users got none of that with

In many cases, the users are likely to have heard nothing from Facebook’s agreements, explicitly about the exchange of data, they have been instructed in the research, namely. You’ve seen the partner companies as extensions of their own company, is quoted Facebook’s privacy chief Steve Satterfield – as a service provider, allowing users to interact with your Facebook friends.

the Extent to which Facebook’s data-Deals with pads arrange, the had to get the company in 2012 from the U.S. trade Supervisory FTC penalty is, however, unclear.

Steve Satterfield, “the New York Times said,” none of the partnerships had violated the privacy of the users of, or against, the FTC agreement. Contracts would obligate the partners-companies, the guidelines of Facebook to comply with. A Facebook spokeswoman told the newspaper in addition, Facebook have found no evidence of misuse of the data by partners.

As well controlled, however, Facebook, which hired its partners with the data, is unclear. To have closed the Deals with the research, of 2010, in force all up in 2017 and in part also this year were supposed to be.

Spotify and Netflix did allegedly not even exactly know

Facebook itself has already taken in a recent blog post opinions on the report of the “New York Times”. It says, in the last few months some of the partnerships ended. It is also stated that the main goal was to provide users with convenient functions available. Without the consent of the users of third-party companies would have to get through partnerships or certain functions not have access to information.

Some of the Deals were relatively uncontroversial, with regard to the privacy of the users, as it says in the article in the “New York Times” indeed, if only non-identifying data have been disclosed. About a dozen of the Deals, however, be with a view to the protection of data more problematic.

Whether and the extent to which the Partner companies have used their privileges, it is not always clear. Perhaps Facebook gave them sometimes more rights than they actually needed. Spotify and Netflix, “the New York Times said,” at any time on demand, you wasn’t aware of the far-reaching rights granted to you Facebook. To have “no time we have access to private messages on Facebook,” is it about Netflix.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.