Over the weekend Facebook revealed it’s partnerships with 52 organizations with which it shared user data.
Facebook disclosed the partnerships in a 700 page response to Congress’s House Energy and Commerce Committee. Some of the partnerships had already been uncovered, with the revelation last month of agreements with Apple, Amazon, Samsung and other device manufacturers. But some of the other companies on the list are a little more difficult to explain. For example, according to Politico, Huawei and Alibaba are also on the list.
In the document, Facebook said that 38 out of the 52 data integration partnerships had already ended, seven more will be discontinued by the end of the month, and several more will be shut down in October. Three other partnerships will extend past October — this includes Amazon, Apple, and Tobii, an accessibility app to help those suffering from ALS use Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. Facebook will also continue sharing data with Mozilla, Alibaba, and Opera in order to allow users to receive Facebook notifications in their browsers.
The company also specified that it gave certain apps that had access to user data in the pre-2015 days a six-month leeway period. That means the apps that had access to user’s data did so for six months longer than the company had reported was the cut-off point. These apps apparently include UPS, Audi, and AOL.
Now it seems like Facebook has allowed more unfettered access to your data than it has admitted. The FTC, which is investigating Facebook, is going to have a lot of data to go through.
Here’s the complete list of the partnerships Facebook disclosed on Friday.Company names with * denote that Facebook is still in the process of ending the agreements. Others with ** denote data partnerships that the company will continue without allowing the outside company.
4. Alcatel / TCL
15. HP / Palm
21. MediaTek / Mstar
23. Miyowa / Hape Esia
24. Motorola / Lenovo
31. Opentech ENG
32. Opera Software**
47. Virgin Mobile
49. Warner Bros
50. Western Digital
52. Zing Mobile*