Facebook under fire again for granting extended access to user data

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According to this information in the framework of agreements known in a narrow circle of persons as "white lists", a number of companies have received information about those who were in the contact list of users of the social network - in particular, phone numbers, and also data on the degree of "friendship", writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Facebook said it walled off outside access to user data in 2015, but it reportedly gave certain companies extended access, including Royal Bank of Canada. The social networking giant recently confirmed that it stopped allowing companies access to data in 2015, Engadget reported.

Facebook has admitted the WSJ largely got its facts right, but insists that these extensions - given to the likes of Nissan and the Royal Bank of Canada - were meant to help companies adapt to the new privacy regulations.

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However, a new report on the Wall Street Journal states that the company continued to allow access to users' friends list and related details.

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. "A few developers including Nissan and RBC asked for a short extension - and those extensions ended several years ago". Particularly concerning is the claim that Facebook's deals included, in some cases, more extensive access to data about users' friends.

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

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Facebook is back in the controversy spotlight following a new report claiming it had data-sharing deals with some companies. According to Ime Archibong, Facebook's Vice President of Product Partnerships, the company allowed some firms to have "short-term extensions" to this user data. Officials told The Journal that the deals helped improve user experience, test new features and wind down pre-existing data-sharing projects. Those agreements provided access to friends' data, raising compliance issues with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook is already facing severe backlash globally for improperly sharing personal data of up to 87 million people with UK-based Cambridge Analytica.

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