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Facebook sharing personal data with carriers; face-recognition opt-out limited


Added 05-21-19 08:31:02am EST - “Facebook really doesn't seem to have gotten the message on privacy. A new report reveals Facebook sharing sensitive personal data with mobile carriers. The data reportedly being shared includ?” - 9to5mac.com

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Facebook really doesn’t seem to have gotten the message on privacy. A new report reveals Facebook sharing sensitive personal data with mobile carriers.

A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.

Offered to select Facebook partners, the data includes not just technical information about Facebook members’ devices and use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, but also their past locations, interests, and even their social groups. This data is sourced not just from the company’s main iOS and Android apps, but from Instagram and Messenger as well.

Some experts are particularly alarmed that Facebook has marketed the use of the information — and appears to have helped directly facilitate its use, along with other Facebook data — for the purpose of screening customers on the basis of likely creditworthiness [for ad serving]. Such use could potentially run afoul of federal law, which tightly governs credit assessments.

The site’s Sam Biddle notes that Facebook discloses the data sharing, but the social network emphasises the consumer benefit while downplaying the commercial element.

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