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Sandberg: Facebook can share your data without your consent

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether Facebook violated the 2011 decree.

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A Facebook tool that let people share their friends’ data with developers complied with a 2011 privacy agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company said.

The Facebook tool was used by a researcher to scrape data from as many as 87 million people.

The FTC is investigating whether Facebook violated the 2011 decree that requires the social network to get consent from users before sharing information.

“I think we’re very confident that that was in compliance with the FTC consent decree,” Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said.

A spokeswoman later clarified that the data on friends who were not direct users of the app was passed along in adherence with their privacy settings, sharing only public information.

The tool allowed a researcher at Cambridge University to get the data through from 270,000 users who downloaded his quiz app.

The researcher later transferred the data to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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