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Facebook confirms sharing user data with Chinese electronics companies

Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that it has shared “controlled” access to user data with at least four Chinese companies, including one flagged as a national security threat, a report said.

The social media giant approved data access to Chinese firms Lenovo, Oppo, TCL and Huawei—an electronics manufacturing company with close ties to China’s government—in agreements which date back to at least 2010, The New York Times reported.

The paper recently published reports detailing how Facebook has given device makers deep access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent. The data included work history, relationship status and likes on device users and their friends.

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