Facebook has shared data with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, Lenovo Group, Oppo and TCL Group says Reuters.
The social media company said Huawei, computer maker Lenovo Group and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL were among about 60 companies worldwide that received access to some user data after they signed contracts to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their users.
The data of users’ friends could have been accessed without their explicit consent. Facebook denied that and said the data access was to allow its users to access account features on mobile devices.
More than half of the partnerships have already been wound down, Facebook said. It said on Tuesday it would end the Huawei agreement later this week. It is ending the other three partnerships with Chinese firms as well.
“The news that Facebook provided privileged access to Facebook’s API to Chinese device makers like Huawei and TCL raises legitimate concerns, and I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensured that information about their users was not sent to Chinese servers,” said Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee.