June 11, 2018
Facebook shared personal information culled from its users’ profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the company confirmed Friday.
The records included information about the friends of Facebook users, including phone numbers and breakdowns analyzing the degrees of separation between people on the social networks, according to a Wall Street Journal report .
In its confirmation of the story, Facebook acknowledged the information was given to a ‘small number’ of companies including RBC Capital Markets and Nissan Motor Co., advertisers and other business partners.
The companies had access to the data during a stretch of time in 2015 after Facebook had locked out most developers who build apps that work on its social network. Facebook gave select ‘whitelisted’ companies extensions before they were also blocked from getting its users’ personal information.
This article was posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:39 am