Facebook gave some companies extended access to user data

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

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

According to Facebook, they claimed that they had cut off developer access to data of users and their friends in 2015 following the discovery that Cambridge Analytica had abused its access.

Social media giant Facebook had customised data-sharing deal with certain companies giving them special access to user's records, a media report said on Saturday.

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. This includes data such as phone numbers and "friend links", which measure the degree of closeness between users and their friends.

The whitelist deals reportedly were struck with companies including Royal Bank of Canada and Nissan Motor, who advertised on Facebook or were valuable for other reasons, according to the report.

Prior to 2014, Facebook allowed app makers to suck up a significant amount of data from people without their permission-a policy the company has since had to pay for while facing scrutiny over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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.

"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".

However, it is unclear how many companies agreed to the whitelists and for exactly how long.

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. Since April 25, Facebook has run a national marketing campaign, including television spots that have aired during the NBA Finals, in an attempt to improve the company's image and its "commitment to doing better". The UK-based political data firm acquired information on more than 87 million people collected without consent through a Facebook app. Facebook gave select "whitelisted" companies extensions before they were also blocked from getting its users' personal information.

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