Facebook Had Special Deals That Gave Companies Access To Data Past 2015

Facebook Had Special Deals That Gave Companies Access To Data Past 2015

Facebook Had Special Deals That Gave Companies Access To Data Past 2015

As per the people who know in great detail about the matter, the information that some companies have been granted access to data was hidden from developers who are associated with Facebook.

Facebook reportedly had special deals with select companies to provide additional user information - even after it shut down access of such data to all other developers.

The report claims that Facebook had entered into "special deals" with a handful of companies that allowed these companies to continue access user data well past 2015.

Through the whitelists, partnering companies received information such as phone numbers of the users' friends and a metric called "friend link", which measured the closeness between the user and the friend, according to the Journal.

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Numerous companies, including the Royal Bank of Canada and Nissan Motor Company, apparently maintained such deals.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook had agreements with "a selected group of companies, some of them had special access to user information".

Facebook admitted sharing users' data with Chinese company Huawei - facing the heat in the U.S. over data privacy concerns - along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL.

Facebook's vice president, Ime Archibong said that they have always adopted "consistent and principled approach to how we work with developers over the course of the past 11 years". Particularly concerning is the claim that Facebook's deals included, in some cases, more extensive access to data about users' friends.

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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. The sources allege that Facebook called these deals "whitelists" behind closed doors, having specifically struck them with the companies.

The revelation came after a New York Times report exposed how the social network allowed about 60 device makers, including Chinese smartphone players, to access personal information of users and their friends.

The arrangements with device makers and software bug issue are likely to be examined by the Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook is facing intense scrutiny for misuse of millions of its users' data after the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal became public.

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