Facebook admits it shared user data in ‘one-time extension’

Facebook can’t seem to escape its privacy woes.

Mark Zuckerberg’s beleaguered social network admitted that it shared user information with 61 firms for months after it said it had stopped such behavior.

Facebook, in a nearly 750-page submission to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed that it granted in 2015 the app developers and others — including the dating app Hinge and sportswear giant Nike — a “one-time extension of less than six months … to come into compliance” with its then-new data-sharing rules.

The extension, which came after Facebook introduced new rules that cut off third-party access to data about users and their friends, was granted to give the companies time “to transition” to the tougher privacy standards.

The company added that in its review of the third-party apps on its platform, it “discovered a very small number of companies that theoretically could have accessed limited friends’ data,” but said that it is not aware of any that took advantage of the access.

Facebook also went into further detail on its data-sharing agreements with companies, providing a list of 52 firms with which it shared data.


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