(Medium) -- Once again, Facebook is embroiled in a scandal where it was caught violating millions of people’s privacy. A blockbuster story published by the New York Times before the holidays revealed that Facebook had entered into secret “partnerships” with various technology companies — Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, and others — that gave hundreds of internet giants vast access to private information for years without Facebook users’ consent.
As the Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal succinctly put it, “Facebook didn’t sell your data; it gave it away.”
With Congress now embroiled in a government shutdown, it’s still unclear how it will all play out. But Facebook’s tactics — both how it evades oversight from government regulators and how it has misled journalists and the American public — eerily resembles the culprit in this decade’s other major privacy scandal: the National Security Agency (NSA).
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