Facebook also shared your data with manufacturers, obviously

Heard on NPR this morning driving in – Facebook shared your data with plenty more companies than just that one Cambridge Analytica thing we were all so in a huff over last month.

Looks like they’re also in hot water for sharing data with phone manufacturers, which you might have guessed by the fact that Facebook was probably preinstalled on your phone.

NPR was reporting that Facebook is claiming that any data they had could not have left the phones because they worked with manufacturers to make this so. This data included your friends list, any information it could gather about them, your political and religious affiliations, birthdays, yadda yadda yadda.

But they’re saying it couldn’t get off the phone.

Most device manufacturers have cloud backup for phone data these days.

But they’re saying that data couldn’t get off the phone.

Facebook’s worked with enough carriers from enough countries that if you’re worried that some foreign agency knows too much about you, well, you’re probably right.

The New York Times has a pretty good piece on this, and you can officially start apologizing to your “crazy” uncle who wouldn’t get on Facebook because all your data is sold and shared. Here’s a quick excerpt from their story (bolded part pretty important):

Facebook’s view that the device makers are not outsiders lets the partners go even further, The Times found: They can obtain data about a user’s Facebook friends, even those who have denied Facebook permission to share information with any third parties.

So yeah, if you’re concerned at all about privacy, the media you see never challenging your beliefs, and tired of being marketed to constantly by every website on the planet that has access to your history through one ad network or another, perhaps it’s just time to give up Facebook.

Google Plus is still a thing I hear.

[NPR]
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