FACEBOOK IN HOT WATER: Social Media Giant Gave Data Access to Chinese Manufacturer Flagged as National Security Threat
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with several Chinese firms including manufacturer Huawei, flagged as US national security threat.
Anything for a buck, huh Facebook?
Likewise Google Alphabet ended a long and fruitful relationship with the US Defense Department recently, the company is willing to continue its work with Huawei, which is listed as a US security threat.
Huawei has close ties to the Chinese government and has been flagged by intelligence officials as a national security risk since at least 2012.
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.
The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.
The four partnerships remain in effect, but Facebook officials said in an interview that the company would wind down the Huawei deal by the end of the week.
Facebook gave access to the Chinese device makers along with other manufacturers — including Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung — whose agreements were disclosed by The New York Times on Sunday.