Facebook had data sharing deals with 52 companies

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook, in a almost 750-page submission to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed that it granted in 2015 the app developers and others - including the dating app Hinge and sportswear giant Nike - a "one-time extension of less than six months ... to come into compliance" with its then-new data-sharing rules.

"The company revealed that special access partnerships with Apple, Amazon and Tobii are continuing, while arrangements with Alibaba and Opera Software don't include "access to friends" data'". "These integrations were built by our partners, for our users, but approved by Facebook". The company delivered a 747 page document to Congress on Friday in response to the hundreds of questions left unanswered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his hearing before members of Congress in April. "In that environment, the demand for internet services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube outpaced our industry's ability to build versions of our services that worked on every phone and operating system".

The release Saturday morning was the second batch of questions that Facebook has submitted to Congress since Zuckerberg's appearance before Congress. Last month, The New York Times reported that Facebook, which was founded in 2004, has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung over the last decade.

The company further stated in the documents that they have ended 38 partnerships and have further plans to discontinue seven more by the end of July.

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The wide-ranging queries grew out of allegations that Facebook had not done enough to protect user privacy when political consultancy Cambridge Analytica gained access to information of 87 million Facebook users, including 71 million Americans, in 2014.

Facebook has justified sharing this data by saying that it was done to help users access Facebook and its various features on a number of different platforms, and that the data sharing started at a time when these apps were in their infancy.

Ime Archibong, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, says developers will now have to use their own apps' access tokens to do test queries. The documents offer a follow-up to questions asked by lawmakers during and after the testimony.

Under the "consent decree", which Facebook had inked with FTC in 2011, it was supposed to seek user permission before sharing data with third-party applications.

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