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Facebook under fire for data sharing deals with handset vendors

Allegations about Facebook’s misuse of private data have shifted firmly to the mobile world, with Apple leading the charge, and reports suggesting the social media giant enabled as many as 60 mobile device makers to access “vast amounts of its users’ personal information” without seeking explicit consent. This access came through APIs (application programming interfaces) which were offered to handset makers and operators to build user experiences which tied into Facebook services. There was no indication of deliberate wrongdoing by the social media firm, but in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the reports are sure to heighten consumer fears about how their personal information is being used. Facebook hit back at those reports, which originally appeared in the…

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