Adding to the woes of privacy advocates and users, Facebook has admitted that it provided companies with special access to user data even after it had restricted it in 2015.
The company continued to share the data with 61 technology companies including AOL, United Parcel Service, and dating app Hinge, CNET reported.
Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships at Facebook, said, “In 2014, all developers were given a year to switch to the new, more restricted version of the API. A few developers including Nissan and [Royal Bank of Canada] asked for a short extension — and those extensions ended several years ago,”
Facebook said it granted a special one-time six-month extension to these companies. It also admitted that there were five other companies which could have accessed limited friends’ data.
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