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Secret Facebook deals gave some companies special user data access

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Nellie Chapman | 11 June, 2018, 19:25

Facebook reportedly made agreements to share certain user data with a handful of companies even after it had said it no longer allowed such practices, raising new questions about the company's privacy policies. 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".

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 Common Dreams reported on Monday, the report showing that Facebook cut deals with device-makers appeared to show that CEO Mark Zuckerberg flat-out lied to Congress when he asserted that users of the platform have "complete control" of who can and can't see their personal data. 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.

He acknowledged that a subset of companies were given extensions beyond May 2015.

Those extensions expired before the end of 2015, Facebook said.

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.

"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.

"In 2014, all developers were given a year to switch to the new, more restricted version of the (app programming interface)", Archibong said.

Facebook's deals with Huawei drew special scrutiny, as heads of CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of US national intelligence in February warned Americans from using Huawei devices because they were concerned the company shared data with the Chinese government.

Facebook agreed to the transfer of data from a number of firms that publish ads on the social network.