Facebook Shared Private Data With 61 Companies

Facebook continued to share data with more than 60 companies (that we have been told about, anyway) despite concerns about the quiz app that mined data which was handed to a political campaign business: Cambridge Analytica.

The social network gave 61 companies a year to wean themselves off the rich data provided by Facebook through its API, including Nike, UPS, dating app Hinge, a social marketing service, a Russian internet giant and a variety of news networks after it grew concerned that developers could be abusing the function.

This conflicts with repeated assurances from Mark Zuckerberg since the data scandal came to light earlier this year. The Facebook founder has stood in front of European Parliament and US lawmakers to insist that the function which allowed apps to receive detailed, personal information including photos and friends lists had been shut down in April 2014. 

The documents presented to Congress over the weekend reveal that in addition to the companies granted a cooling off period, five apps had access to users' friend's data. This included Activision, the games published behind the Call of Duty series and streaming apps PeekSocial and Fun2Shoot, along with defunct apps Golden Union Co, quiz app IQ Zone.

The documents state that the true scale of data collection by rogue apps may never become apparent, and the above list was comprehensive only to the "best of our ability", adding that early records may have already been deleted from the system.

Later on Monday, Facebook admitted it had uncovered a bug which temporarily unblocked people on Messenger who had previously been blocked by users.

At least 800,000 people were affected by the glitch, which it became aware of today and which had been active between May 29 and June 5.

For more: Excerpted from article by Margi Murphy, The Telegraph, July 2, 2018

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