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Facebook offered less protection of your data than previously reported

Katelyn Caralle of the Washington Examiner details the latest revelation about Facebook’s privacy problems.

Facebook used more intrusive personal data sharing practices than previously disclosed, and exempted some businesses from its stated privacy rules.

The tech giant insisted that it had implemented stricter privacy protections a long time ago, but hundreds of pages of documents generated last year, obtained by the New York Times, reveal that Facebook allowed certain companies special access to data.

According to the records, Facebook had made deals that benefited more than 150 companies and allowed them improper access to user data.

These companies, comprised mostly of tech businesses, sought the data of hundreds of millions of people every month, and were still active as recently as 2017. Some deals were still in effect this year.

Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada were granted special access that allowed the companies to read, write, and delete users’ private message, and view all participants that were included in a message thread, the records show. …

… Facebook has faced a privacy scandal after it was revealed in March that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, compromised the data of millions of users and was able to build tools using Facebook data to aide Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...