Facebook endured a new wave of criticism from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Europe after disclosure that the social media giant has allowed dozens of hardware manufactures access to its trove of personal user data. The European authorities who last month enacted the world’s strictest data privacy law said Facebook’s sharing of personal information with cell phone makers and other manufactures deserved further investigations. Germany’s top privacy regulator, Johannes Caspar, called Facebook’s partnership “an unprecedented violation of privacy laws and user trust”.
Facebook addresses US lawmakers saying that no users’ privacy had been violated by the data partnerships. Mr Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives have repeatedly cited the 2015 restrictions to assure policymakers that no outside company could again harvest swathes of personal information without the explicit consent of users.
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