“The Times’ report, based on internal Facebook documents and interviews, indicates the company has used the information of its 2.2 billion users to strike up partnerships with other Silicon Valley giants to a far greater extent than it has ever acknowledged — with the benefits of those partnerships flowing back to Facebook in the form of increased usage and ad revenue.
Under these partnerships, Facebook allowed Microsoft’s search engine to see the names of Facebook users’ friends without their consent. Worse, Netflix and Spotify were given the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages. Yahoo was allowed to view streams of friends’ posts even after Facebook told the public it wasn’t allowing that kind of access. It appears likely Facebook has violated a 2011 consent agreement it reached with the Federal Trade Commission barring it from sharing users’ information without those users’ explicit permission.
The findings “underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond,” the Times reported.”
Whatever Congress does will be too little, too late. There is no putting this genie back in the bottle. The information/data of over 2 billion users is out there. Now we know why they were pushing folks to use their real names. So they could sell their information, damn, the very real danger using real names subjected their users to. There is no coming back from this. Not only did FB betray it’s users’ trust, it lied to government officials/investigators in several countries. Fuck a hearing, we need arrests, convictions and the ability for users to sue for having their privacy invaded… with monetary payouts to them, the victims and not some general fund.
Editorial: Facebook has betrayed users’ privacy more than we knew; Congress must act.
For all Facebook’s assurances that it is protecting the data of its 2.2 billion users, the company has been sharing this information widely to help boost its profits. People who