Facebook defends sharing user data with phone makers

The New York Times reveals the scope of deals with Apple, Samsung, Microsoft.

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June 04, 2018 - 7:13 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Facebook, which has been under the microscope for how it handles user information, has been sharing data with cell phone makers according to a new report. 

The New York Times reveals, for the last decade or so, that Facebook has played "let's make a deal" with dozens of companies. The Times reports that information like education history, work, religion, political views and more, in the hands of Apple, Samsung, Blackberry and others.

The report comes in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, in which a political data firm obtained information without user permission.

Facebook responded to the Times story saying the deals were necessary, and made before the growth of app stores, and the data was needed to help other companies build their own versions of Facebook for their devices. 

The social media giant says the terms of the deals were strict with how user data could be used, there was no sign of abuse, and 22 of the partnerships were recently ended.