Facebook大力辯解為何其給予Spotify和Netflix獲取私人訊息的權限

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  • Facebook大力辯解為何其給予Spotify和Netflix獲取私人訊息的權限

      201901/0214:08
    ◎在紐約時報的一項調查發現Facebook多年來一直與選定的公司合作夥伴共享其私人數據之後,Facebook大力辯解與Spotify和Netflix共享私人訊息的理由。起初Spotify和Netflix都否認了這份報導,但是在Facebook詳細說明其與Spotify的關係作為努力解釋其行為的一部分後,Spotify已承認它之前有獲取私人數據,但現在已不再這樣做。

    ◎為了再度嘗試解釋其行為,Facebook發布了另一份聲明,將其數據共享之舉比擬為就像要求語音助理Alexa閱讀電子郵件。「我們與四個合作夥伴密切合作把訊息功能整合到他們的產品中,這樣人們就可以向他們的Facebook好友發送訊息, 但前提是他們選擇使用Facebook登錄。這樣的做法在我們的行業中是很常見的,就像能夠讓Alexa大聲讀出您的電子郵件或是在Apple的郵件應用程式上讀取您的電子郵件。人們可以傳訊息給朋友們表達他們在Spotify上聽到或者在Netflix上觀看的內容,然而這是實驗性的,現在已經關閉了將近三年。」

    ◎Facebook繼續確認他們的協議允許選擇的公司「讀取、寫入和刪除用戶的私人訊息,並查看線程上的所有參與者」,並嘗試以下述方式解釋:「這就是這個功能的重點,對於上面提到的訊息傳遞合作夥伴,我們與他們合作,在他們的應用程式中構建訊息整合系統,以便人們可以向他們的Facebook好友發送訊息。這些合作夥伴關係透過延伸的協商和憑證達成一致,詳細說明了第三方如何使用API,以及他們可以獲取和不能獲取的數據。」

    ◎Facebook為開發人員或Spotify和其他利用它來為新功能提供支持的人提供API級別的訪問權限並不讓人驚訝,但是許多用戶會發現Facebook和Spotify在告訴他們私人數據如何被使用的程度方面做得如此糟糕,這是不可接受的。

    詳細全文:

    Facebook ramped efforts to justify sharing private messages with Spotify and Netflix, after backlash from a New York Times investigation that revealed the social network had been sharing private data with select corporate partners for years.

    At first, both Spotify and Netflix denied the report. But after Facebook detailed its Spotify relationship as part of an effort to explain its actions, the music streamer admitted that it had accessed private data, but no longer did.

    In a new attempt to explain its actions, Facebook issued another statement, likening its data sharing practices to asking Alexa to read your emails to you.

    "We worked closely with four partners to integrate messaging capabilities into their products so people could message their Facebook friends — but only if they chose to use Facebook Login. These experiences are common in our industry — think of being able to have Alexa read your email aloud or to read your email on Apple's Mail app."

    People could message their friends about what they were listening to on Spotify or watching on Netflix... However, they were experimental and have now been shut down for nearly three years."

    Facebook went on to confirm that their deals allowed select companies to "read, write and delete users' private messages, and to see all participants on a thread" and attempted to explain it this way:

    "That was the point of this feature — for the messaging partners mentioned above, we worked with them to build messaging integrations into their apps so people could send messages to their Facebook friends.

    These partnerships were agreed via extensive negotiations and documentation, detailing how the third party would use the API, and what data they could and couldn't access."

    It's not surprising that Facebook offered API level access to developers or that Spotify and others took advantage of it to power new features. But many users will find it unacceptable that Facebook and Spotify did such a poor job of telling them about the extent to which their private data was being used.

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