Facebook kept sharing data with Nissan, others

Facebook let select companies have “special access” to user data, per report

Facebook let select companies have “special access” to user data, per report

WSJ claims the company continued to allow certain companies, that were internally referred to as being "whitelisted", special access to records even after it purported to have stopped doing so.

Once again, Facebook has been found breaching its users' trust according to the report published by the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook seems to be mired in yet another controversy regarding its sharing of user data.

In the latest revelation about Facebook's data-sharing practices, the social media giant acknowledged Friday that it gave certain companies extended, special access to user data in 2015 - data that was already off limits to most developers.

Facebook's alleged whitelist deals weren't part of the existing partnerships with device makers that the company revealed this week, the sources state.

"That included information like phone numbers and a metric called "friend link" that measured the degree of closeness between users and others in their network, the people said", the daily reported.

It "isn't clear when all of the deals ultimately expired or how many companies got extensions", the daily said.


"Disclosure of the deals punctures a hole in the picture Facebook has tried to paint as a suddenly user-friendly, privacy-minded company after 2014-not that anyone was buying that image anyway", Dellinger wrote.

"But other than that, things were shut down", he told the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook also told the Journal it allowed a "small number" of partners to access data about a user's friends, despite Facebook in April 2015 no longer making third-party apps able to gather data on a user's friends.

That didn't stop Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan from stealing data from 87 million users through a personality quiz app and sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.

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.

Facebook, in a blog post, pushed back on the Times' reporting, saying the agreements prevented user data from being used other than "to recreate Facebook-like experiences" in the devices.

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