06 June 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with Huawei, Lenovo and two other Chinese telecoms vendors, the social media company has admitted.
But Facebook said the deal was purely to allow smartphone
users to access Facebook accounts on their devices.
The admission follows a New York Times report that said around
60 companies worldwide have similar agreements with Facebook.
They include Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, HTC, Microsoft and
The other two Chinese companies named by Facebook were OPPO and
Facebook’s VP of mobile partnerships, Francisco
Varela, said: "Facebook along with many other US tech companies
have worked with them and other Chinese manufacturers to
integrate their services onto these phones.
Facebook’s integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO
and TCL were controlled from the get-go – and we
approved the Facebook experiences these companies built."
He added: "All the information from these integrations with
Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei’s
US politicians responded to the New York Times story by
expressing concern that Huawei and others could access data
about Facebook users. The New York Times said that Facebook
allowed device makers to have deep access to
users’ personal data without their explicit