On Friday, the social media giant Facebook submitted the US Congress with a 750 page document that offers response to 2,000 plus questions it received from the Senate and House committee in April. The company offered response to questions directed at CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his testimony in April.
The most important detail is Facebook granting special data access to select companies via API agreements called “integration partnerships.” As the New York Times previously reported, these data-sharing agreements appear to undermine Facebook’s claims as to how it respects privacy since the social media giant did not seek consent from its users before sharing those data.
The full list of 52 companies who received special access to Facebook user data include Accedo, Acer, Airtel, Alcatel/TCL, Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Blackberry, Dell, DNP, Docomo, Garmin, Gemalto, HP/Palm, HTC, Huawei, INQ, Kodak, LG, MediaTek/ Mstar, Microsoft, Miyowa /Hape Esia, Motorola/Lenovo, Mozilla, Myriad, Nexian, Nokia, Nuance, O2, Opentech ENG, Opera Software, OPPO, Orange, Pantech, PocketNet, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, Sprint, T-Mobile, TIM, Tobii, U2topia, Verisign, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, Warner Bros, Western Digital, Yahoo and Zing Mobile. The New York Times had reported last month that Facebook offered device makers deep access to data on its users and their friends via device-integrated APIs.