Jul 2, 2018

Facebook reveals its data-sharing VIPs

Facebook has revealed which businesses it gave special rights to access users' data after it had shut others out. The social network had faced criticism last month from some US lawmakers after it emerged several Chinese companies - including Huawei - had been included in the latter list, despite the fact that Facebook had not sought explicit consent from its users to do so. Mark Zuckerberg's company has been under pressure to disclose more details about its data-sharing habits in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved a UK-based political consultancy obtaining personal details about Facebook users in breach of the platform's rules. Facebook originally allowed third-party apps to access wide-ranging data about the friends of users who had signed up. 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".

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