Facebook continued to share the data of your friends with companies

Facebook said in March that it stopped allowing outside companies to access your friends' data in 2015. 

But a report on Friday in the newspaper The Wall Street Journal indicates that Facebook reached special agreements with some companies that continued to allow them to access data from friends of users.

Facebook continued to share the data of your friends with companies


The report casts doubt on Facebook's claims that it made changes in 2015 to stop the kind of data collection that allowed a researcher at the University of Cambridge to access information from 87 million Facebook users. The researcher, Aleksandr Kogan , summoned some 200,000 people to take a personality quiz through their Facebook accounts. Your app collected information from users' friends. Kogan, then, gave this information to the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica .

Facebook has faced a lot of scrutiny for sharing user data with outside companies after the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light. The scandal intensified this week after The New York Times reported that Facebook had shared user data with device makers . Among the manufacturers is Huawei, a Chinese company that has been named by the US intelligence agencies as a threat to national security.

Facebook has not responded to a request for comment.

The company told the Journal that some of the agreements, which it called "white list" agreements, extended access to some companies for weeks or months. 

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