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 maintained secret deals with a handful of companies, allowing them to gain "special access to user records", long after it cut off most developers' access to such user data back in 2015, according to a new Friday report by the Wall Street Journal, citing court documents it did not publish and other unnamed sources. The social networking giant recently confirmed that it stopped allowing companies access to data in 2015, Engadget reported.
The list of companies provided access included the likes of Nissan, Royal Bank of Canada, Nuance Communications, Apple, and Microsoft.
We already knew that detailed user data of this type escaped Facebook's clutches beyond 2014, when the platform first began to lock down what apps could do with the data they were getting.
"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".More news: Kanye West and Kid Cudi to hold album-listening event
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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.
"But other than that, things were shut down", he told the Wall Street Journal.
Facebook recently has disclosed it has been sharing its users' information with about 60 device makers, including Facebook and Samsung.
The Federal Trade Commission is 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. It was not yet known users in which country were affected the most.
Facebook's data practices have been under scrutiny since earlier this year when it was revealed analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, had improperly accessed data of 87 million users.