Facebook gave device makers access to data on users, friends

Source: Gabriel X.J. Dance, Nicholas Confessore & Micheal LaForgia, New York Times (Paid Registration)

As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.

Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers—including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung—over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said.

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