Facebook granted a select group of companies special access to its users’ records even after the point in 2015 that the company has claimed it stopped sharing such data with app developers.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited court documents, unnamed Facebook officials and other unnamed sources, Facebook made special agreements with certain companies called “whitelists,” which gave them access to extra information about a user’s friends. This includes data such as phone numbers and “friend links,” which measure the degree of closeness between users and their friends.
These deals were made separately from the company’s data-sharing agreements with device manufacturers such as Huawei, which Facebook disclosed earlier this week after a New York Times report on the arrangement.
Facebook said following the WSJ report it inked deals with a small number of developers that gave them access to users’ friends after the more restrictive policy went into effect.