Prepare yourself for an overwhelming sense of deja vu: another Facebook privacy ‘scandal’ is upon us.
A New York Times investigation has found that Facebook gave Netflix – Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) the ability to read – write and delete users’ private messages.
The Times investigation – based on hundreds of pages of internal Facebook documents – also found that Facebook gave 150 partners more access to user data than previously disclosed.
Microsoft – Sony and Amazon for example – could obtain the contact information of their users’ friends.
Netflix – Spotify and RBC have all denied doing anything nefarious with your private messages.
Whether they accessed your information or not however – is not the point.
The point is that Facebook should never have given them this ability without getting your explicit permission to do so.
In a tone-deaf response to the Times investigation the tech giant explained: ‘None of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people’s permission – nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC’.
Perhaps not – but they did violate public trust.