Facebook confirms personal information shared with other companies

  • Facebook confirms personal information shared with other companies

Facebook confirms personal information shared with other companies

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook came into agreement with certain companies including Royal Bank of Canada and Nissan Motors under a group of similar agreements which is known by the name of "Whitelists". The deals gave device makers access to users' information, such as relationship status and political affiliation. 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.

While the company had claimed that it cut off developer access to the private data of its users back in 2015, a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims the company continued to provide access to certain companies even after this cut-off date. This, however, doesn't really detract from what the report says, given certain extensions extended beyond 2015. Late last month, he testified before European Union lawmakers, where he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal data.

"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", Archibong said.

Per the Journal, Facebook internally called the deals "whitelists", which may be a little bit of insight into how the company viewed the arrangements.

"As we were winding down over the year, there was a small number of companies that asked for short-term extensions, and that, we worked through with them", Facebook's Product Partnerships VP Ime Archibong told the Journal.

Facebook is already facing severe backlash globally for improperly sharing personal data of up to 87 million people with UK-based Cambridge Analytica. Whitelisting someone typically means providing them access that they otherwise wouldn't have. The change prevented apps from scraping data from user's friends unless they had also authorized those apps.

The companies with which the data was shared, used it for the goal of advertising and other purposes.