Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Facebook is once again at the center of a scandal over data mining on its platform, after it was discovered that another personality quiz hosted on the social network harvested the personal information of some three million people.

Facebook made a policy change in 2014 limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data obtained prior to the revision.

The company says that it's canvased thousands of apps so far.

However, over 280 people had access to the data through a collaborative website, which was so poorly protected that its password could be found within a minute of an online search, according to New Scientist's report. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie will testify at the hearing entitled "Cambridge Analytica and the Future of Data Privacy".

Facebook's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson mentioned that the Facebook CEO has no plans of appearing before the UK Parliament now. Signed over from university lecturer to some students, this was a supposedly a course project on creating apps to process Facebook data.

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As part of its inquiry, the committee has been investigating allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. election campaign. The company will not reveal the names of the 200 apps until it can conclude there was a misuse of information.

Yet another instance of a Facebook app putting innocent users' sensitive private data at risk has been uncovered.

For the apps which raise concerns, Facebook plans to conduct interviews, seek information about them and the data they accessed, and carry out audits that may include on-site inspections. Former officials with Cambridge Analytica was not immediately available to comment.

Social-media companies have come under intense scrutiny over reports that Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in the announcement.

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