Facebook shared data with select companies

Facebook Shared User Data With Select Companies

Facebook Shared User Data With Select Companies

Facebook engaged in special deals with specific companies to allow them access to user's friends data, a new report has revealed. These were supposedly companies that were under Facebook's "whitelist", which allowed them to see user data such as phone numbers and even how close users were to each other.

Facebook has also been sharing huge amounts of data with tech leaders such as Apple and Microsoft. Per the claims, Facebook allowed select companies to have special access to user data, including after its 2015 changes meant to better protect user info. The arrangement with the companies was called the "whitelists" that allowed "certain companies to access additional information about a user's Facebook friends". "But other than that, things were shut down", Archibong said. Particularly concerning is the claim that Facebook's deals included, in some cases, more extensive access to data about users' friends. "A few developers including Nissan and RBC asked for a short extension - and those extensions ended several years ago".

This development is the latest in a series of revelations on Facebook's data sharing practices.

The Journal's report capped another tough week for Facebook as it continues to grapple with the fallout from a privacy scandal that erupted almost three months ago with the revelation that a data mining firm tied to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign had scooped up the personal information of 87 million users. Zuckerberg has apologized for not doing enough to protect user data.

"Any new "deals", as the Journal describes them, involved people's ability to share their broader friends' lists - not their friends' private information like photos or interests - with apps under the more restricted version of the API", said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships.

More: After Facebook hearings, users want to know: who is protecting my data? This metric calculated the "closeness" of users with friends and other people in the network. Mark Zuckerberg, speaking before the U.S. Congress, spoke about the decision to prohibit application developers access to user information by may 2015, like The Wall Street Journal, noting that later it became known about prolongation of this term for some firms.

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