FB considers – Data from users given to Chinese smartphone companies

FB considers - Data from users given to Chinese smartphone companies

Social media website Facebook has been in the news of data leak continuously for the past few months. First came Cambridge Anilica data scandal and now it is reported that Facebook is also sharing user data with mobile companies, including Chinese smartphone makers.

According to a Reuters report, on Tuesday Facebook said that the company has partnered with four Chinese companies, which also has a data share. These include Huawei, which is the world’s third largest mobile company.

Huawei is already under investigation in the US and its mobile phone has been banned there.

Facebook has said that Huawei, Lenovo Group, Oppo and TCL Groups are among the 60 companies around the world who access Facebook’s user data under the contracts so that they can give aspirations like Facebook for their users.

Following the New York Times report, members of the US Congress, raising the issue said that the data of the users’ friends could be used without their consent. Although Facebook dismissed it and said that data access was because their users had to access the mobile device’s account feature.

Until the news is written, no Chinese companies have issued any statement regarding data sharing contracts with Facebook.

The US Intelligence Committee’s Top Democrat Warner has said that I want to know how Facebook ensures that users’ data is not stored on Chinese servers.

There has been a stir in the US in a way and the investigating agencies there are also involved in this. It is possible that soon there will be a statement of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on this matter.

Jeff Conars

Jeff holds the in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. Jeff has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.

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