Earlier this week, it became known that the Facebook had licensed large technology companies to access their user data. Now it turns out that not only Apple, Amazon and Blackberry had the ock from the social networking platform for data access, but also four other Chinese companies.
Apple CEO Tim Cook he argued that his company had not received any personal data. What Apple did was added the ability to share hardware such as photos.
Facebook has admitted data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese technology companies, including Huawei, which has been flagged as a threat to national security by US officials.
The other Chinese companies - Lenovo, OPPO and TCL Corp - are among the world's 60 companies that have accessed user data after signing collaboration agreements to create a better experience for Facebook users on their devices.
These agreements date back to 2010 and are still valid. However, Facebook representatives have announced in an interview that the company will terminate the deal with Huawei by the end of this week. Soon he will end the other three collaborations with Chinese companies.
Facebook's employees also confirmed that Chinese companies received similar access to that given to BlackBerry, which means they had access to detailed information for both device users and their friends. Including their religious and political beliefs, relationship status, work, and information on their educational level.
Facebook claimed that the data shared with Huawei was stored on phones and not on the company's servers. But the Intelligence Committee, which does not seem too convinced, plans to investigate whether Facebook has ensured that user information was not sent to a Chinese router.