<unlike-us> Facebook's seized files published by MPs - BBC News

José María Mateos chema at rinzewind.org
Wed Dec 5 17:22:45 CET 2018


Highlights from the documents:

* Facebook allowed some companies to maintain "full access" to users' friends data even after announcing changes to its platform in 2014/2015 to limit what developers' could see. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted," Mr Collins wrote

* Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users' calls and texts would be controversial. "To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features," Mr Collins wrote

* Facebook used data provided by the Israeli analytics firm Onavo to determine which other mobile apps were being downloaded and used by the public. It then used this knowledge to decide which apps to acquire or otherwise treat as a threat

* There was evidence that Facebook's refusal to share data with some apps caused them to fail

* There had been much discussion of the financial value of providing access to friends' data

José María (Chema) Mateos || https://rinzewind.org

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