A day after Facebook admitted to changing 14 million users’ post settings to “public,” three days after it was revealed that the company had given an accused national security threat access to data on some users’ friends, and less than a week after the news dropped that the social media giant had special data sharing deals with 60 device manufacturers, we’re hit with yet another scandal from the bottomless pit of shamelessness.
And — you’ll be forgiven for experiencing a bit of deja vu here — the privacy violation du jour involves Facebook providing certain companies access to data on users’ friends.
So reports the Wall Street Journal, which notes that the company Mark Zuckerberg started in his dorm room made special deals with a host of companies, including RBC Capital Markets and Nissan Motor Co. Per the Journal:
The unreported agreements, known internally as “whitelists,” also allowed certain companies to access additional information about a user’s Facebook friends, the people familiar with the matter said. 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.
Notably, this reportedly went on after Facebook insisted it ended the ability of third-party developers to gather data on users’ friends in 2015.
The Journal notes that it’s not exactly clear when these deal ended. Did they even end? It’s also unknown just how many companies were given this special access.
We reached out to Facebook in an effort to determine how many companies were granted this special access, what those companies are, when and if this special access ended, and if Facebook users were notified of this in any way. We have received no response as of press time.
So, yeah, another big helping of unaccountability from our friends in Menlo Park.
Source : Mashable