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Facebook Defends Against Device-Integrated APIs Policy, But Concerns Remain

June 5, 2018

Facebook is hitting back against a New York Times article alleging that it struck deals enabling phone-makers to access users’ personal information. The incident is yet another blow to the social media giant as it continues to deal with questions and outrage over its data privacy policies.

The article, posted Sunday, said Facebook reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device-makers — including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade. While these deals enabled the vendors to offer customers integrated features with Facebook, like messaging and address books, the New York Times said that it found that they could also access the data of users’ friends without their consent.

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