Facebook gaves authority to some companies to regulate user's and there friends additional data

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Facebook gaves some companies to access user's and there friends additional data


Facebook granted a select group of companies special access to its users'
records even after the point in 2015 that
the company has claimed it stopped
sharing such data with app developers,
According to the Wall Street Journal,
which cited court documents, unnamed
Facebook officials and other unnamed
sources, Facebook made special
agreements with certain companies
called "whitelists," which gave them
access to extra information about
a user's friends. This includes data such
as phone numbers and "friend links"
which measure the degree of closeness
between users and their friends.
These deals were made separately from
the company's data-sharing agreements
with device manufacturers such as
Huawei, which Facebook disclosed
earlier this week after a New York
Times report on the arrangement.

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Facebook said following the WSJ
report it inked deals with a small number
of developers that gave them access
to users' friends after the more
restrictive policy went into effect.
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Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice
president of product partnerships, said
in a statement Friday that the deals only
involved allowing users to share their
friends' lists with Facebook apps, not
their friends' personal information such as photos or interests.

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"In 2014, all developers were given a
year to switch to the new, more
restricted version of the
(app programming interface),"
Archibong said. "A few developers
including Nissan and RBC asked for a
short extension- and those extensions
ended several years ago.'
It's unclear how many companies were
allowed this special access or how long it lasted. 


This development is the latest in a series of revelations on Facebook's data sharing practises. In April, Mark
Zuckerberg testified before Congress
after Facebook disclosed, following news
reports, that as many as 87 million users
data was sold to a political ad targeting firm during the 2016 U.S. presidential
election without the users' consent.
Zuckerberg has apologised for not doing
enough to protect user data.


The Federal Trade Commission 1st 
investigating whether the Cambridge
Analytica breach violated a 2011 consent
decree barred it from making
misrepresentations about the privacy or
security of consumers' personal
information. Some lawmakers have
asked Facebook to answer questions
related to the more recent reports on
sharing with device makers
You are go for launch. Augmented reality brings the launch. The scrutiny dates back to a time when Facebook, in a bid to get many more people to join the service, gave third parties who created an app on the
Facebook platform access to the
personal information of Facebook user:s
including friend lists, interests and
"likes." The move coaxed more people to
join Facebook and spend more time
there, fuelling the rapid rise of the social
network from 58 million users to more
than 2 billion Under criticism it was too lax with privacy, Zuckerberg told Congress it cut off developers' broad access to information on users' friends in 2015.

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