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Documents show Facebook gave preferential access to data to certain companies

LONDON: Facebook Inc (FB.O) gave certain companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, preferential access to user data, according to the company’s internal documents released by a British lawmaker. Dating app Badoo and Lyft were among the other companies 'whitelisted' for access to friends' data, the documents here made public on Wednesday by Damian Collins showed. Collins obtained the documents from Six4Three, an app developer that is currently engaged in a legal battle with Facebook.  “The documents Six4Three…

Global tech firms gear up to fight India’s planned data law

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Global tech companies plan to oppose new legislation in India that would require Facebook, PayPal and others to store user data in the country, arguing it will hurt investment and the business models of foreign and domestic firms. In July, a government panel recommended that all “critical personal data” should be processed in India, and presented a draft bill that could affect how global firms store customer data. Facebook, Mastercard and PayPal fear the new law, which follows similar measures in…

Apple to provide online tool for police to request data

Apple Inc plans to create an online tool for police to formally request data about its users and to assemble a team to train police about what data can and cannot be obtained from the iPhone maker, according to a company letter. The letter, dated Sept. 4, was from Apple General Counsel Kate Adams to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island. Apple declined to comment beyond the letter. Apple can and does provide some user data, such as data stored in its iCloud online service, to law enforcement…

Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook mistakes with user data

CALIFORNIA: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologised on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information. The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American…