Airtel, a broadband company and Saavn, Jio’s music app partner were among the companies which had access to Facebook user data, as per the written submissions made by US based firm to US Congress.
Facebook cleared in its submission that Airtel had an integrated partnership with the company.
The company disclosed what it called “integration partnerships” – deals that were allowed software partners “to build ways for people to access their [Facebook] experiences on a range of devices and products”.
“The integrated partners were not permitted to use data which were available from the API’s of Facebook without the consent of the user.” Facebook said in its written submission
Facebook shared the information that the partnership with Airtel is longer in force.
“It was in the year 2010, Airtel Company was granted access to Facebook’s user data as an app developer and the project came to an end in the year 2013, as the project ended the access to data was also ended. We would like to inform that the data were only used for internal purposes.” Airtel spokesperson said
“We take data privacy extremely seriously and follow a zero tolerance policy.” he added
Facebook has stated that it was still sharing information of users’ friends – such as gender, name, date of birth, home network, photos and page likes – with Saavn and 60 other app developers for nearly six months after it said it had cut off access to this data in May 2015.
A Saavn spokesperson denied the fact of been provided with any extension to the company.
“Saavn has not requested nor been given an extension to access any Facebook user data,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.