A New York-based grand jury issued a writ petition on Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) over the allegation of sharing the personal details of its users with at least two smartphone and other device manufacturers. In continuation of that writ, today the American Federal investigation agency has reportedly opened up fresh criminal proceedings on Facebook for sharing the sensitive personal data of users with more than 150 multination corporations that include mighty tech players such as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Sony.
The alleged data in breach includes the user’s phone number, other contact details, friend’s list and even some of their private messages.
This is really a critical summon for Facebook as it is encountering the repercussions of privacy issues that are being reported synonymously as a series of data threat. That actually set into the fire by the foreshadowing disclosure of a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, for the misappropriate usage of Facebook’s user base which accounts to data of 87 million people.
“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement
According to The NewYorkTimes, The bulk records of those whipped up in late 2017 by Facebook’s internal monitoring team responsible for keeping track of the partnerships with those multinational companies for sharing the user data as a business trade activity. This curated record exposes the dark side of Facebook’s practices of data-sharing activities. These records provide a clear and deep insight on how the personal data of a common man has become the most prized and most sought commodity of the digital arena, which has been traded over years on a large scale by some of the most influential and mighty tech giants of the Silicon Valley and even beyond that.
Seems very crafty to cheat on common man right?!
This exclusive data exchange was expected to benefit both the parties on a mutual basis as they have planned before. The execution of the crafty plan sets a great thrusting force for Facebook’s exponential growth; the company has got over 2.3 billion internet users in its fold, thereby reaping gushing streams of revenue from digital ads.
The multinational smartphone manufacturing partner companies had got an awesome chance to manufacture their product with a great sheen of features and glamorous look based on the insights derived by peeping into usage data provided by Facebook. Pity Facebook users were unaware of their data being in a commodity, used to get connected with kith and kins over various kinds of devices and websites. Though Facebook boasted about the privacy shield of transparency by rendering the control of data to its hefty 2.3 billion user base, it actually diminished users’ trust by sharing their personal data with partners.
Facebook has been oppressively defending the partnerships. The social media giant said that such partnerships, permitted under a section of the provision in the F.T.C. agreement, stipulates that service providers and companies could be acting as an extension of the social media network.
By reacting to these serious allegations, Facebook has rolled out crucial measures in recent times to combat the privacy issues of data breaching. These measures are also seen as efforts to regain users’ trust, to a large extent. Earlier this month, Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg unleashed a curative pilot plan that would help Facebook to get away from being just a public sharing platform. By enabling more privacy features to its applications Mark Zuckerberg is marching towards a target of transform Facebook into a Super Platform.