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Facebook Cuts Off Sony, Microsoft Data Access

Social media giant Facebook will again try to cut off companies including Microsoft and Sony from accessing data, as it seeks to rehabilitate its image in the wake of a record breaking fine.

Facebook gave companies access to data so they could integrate the social media platform into their own products such as using it on their PlayStation or sync friends’ contact information to their calendar.

The company announced late last year it would discontinue many of its integration partnerships, but has now found around a dozen partners still had continued access to data after a third party alerted Facebook to a bug.

The company’s vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong announced yesterday that, while it appears none of the data was used in violation of Facebook’s policies, the access will now be taken away.

“Of the dozen partners that we identified as continuing to access data, only two, Microsoft and Sony, continued to access limited types of friends data.

“Based on our previous commitments, we are ending these partners’ access to friend data immediately,” said Mr Archibong in a blog post.

“This was our mistake, and we are correcting it.”

Ime Archibong [Facebook]

The move is part of Facebook’s new agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission that will see the company operate “under a comprehensive new framework for protecting people’s privacy and the information they give [Facebook]”.

The changes involve removing large parts of Facebook’s platform API and the company has promised it will be more accountable and transparent.

Facebook has recently been fined US$5 billion over mishandling of user data, a record amount but in the eyes of many commentators, an insufficient one.

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