Facebook reveals data-sharing VIPs

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on AUG 13, 2019

US lawmakers grant Facebook a Friday deadline towards responding to data access investigations from congress.

Facebook has revealed business and organization names in which special rights to access users' data was yielded, according to a publishing by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

The list exposure and publicized content transpire as a continued response to US congressional inquiries involving the social media company's practices.
Reportedly, 61 companies were provided with a temporary exemption from a block on apps accessing details about users' friends, while identifying 52 additional authorizations to tap data in an effort to "recreate Facebook-like experiences".

Following a critical review of the practice by the Irish data protection commissioner, Facebook announced that access would be blocked from April 2015.

Presently, Facebook explains how a San Francisco-based company specializing in software for visually impaired users, named Serotek, was given an extra eight months access.

60 additional companies had been given shorter extensions to the deadline.

As part of a separate scheme, Facebook allowed certain hardware and software companies to access its members' personal details in order to build their own "versions of Facebook or Facebook features", according to Wall Street Journal reports.

Numerous "partnerships" remain active despite claims that they might breach privacy commitments made by Facebook to US watchdogs and the public.

In an earlier statement, Facebook reported its partnerships and engineering teams had reviewed and approved all the data-sharing agreements and had found no evidence of abuse.

The technology company also provided an update on its efforts to identify other Cambridge-Analytica-like situations, in which data about its users had been obtained "through improper means".

While suspending nearly 200 apps to date, relating to five developers, Facebook confirmed various apps involved were described as "tests", and never released to the public