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.