July 25, 2019
Amid a slew of fines and lawsuits, Facebook has admitted that it continued to allow friend data access to companies even after supposedly ending the practice last year.
In a blog post on the company’s website, Facebook said that despite the company shutting down data integrations for 10 companies last year, Microsoft and Sony continued to receive friend data due to what they describe as a bug in its code.
Other companies, including Yahoo and Blackberry, had their access cut last year following a New York Times report that revealed the extent of data being shared about users and their friends.
‘Recently, a third party alerted us to a bug, which led us to investigate and find that, unfortunately, our codebase had enabled continued data access for some of these partners,’ said Facebook in a statement.
‘Although we have not found evidence that any data was used in violation of our policies, we are restricting their access today.’
Facebook says that the identified bug was caused by a piece of outdated code that enabled friend access for third parties like Sony, which used the friend data for its Playstation 3 gaming console to help sync users’ contacts.
‘Based on our previous commitments, we are ending these partners’ access to friend data immediately,’ said Facebook in a statement.
‘This was our mistake, and we are correcting it.’
This article was posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:04 am