Facebook denies abuse of user privacy after report it shared info without consent

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Facebook potentially has another privacy problem.The social networking giant allowed companies such as Apple and Samsung access to Facebook users’ friends without explicit consent, according to a report in The New York Times, which cited Facebook documents, interviews and its own tests. If that turns out to be the case, the action could be a violation of a 2011 consent decree Facebook reached with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed makers of mobile devices — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — access to data of Facebook users’ friends without explicit consent, according to the report. Some device makers could get information from users’ friends who thought they had prohibited any sharing, The Times found in doing tests of data sharing.Facebook is denying it violated users’ privacy.”These partners signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences,” .

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