Facebook's audit into app data collection underway, 200 apps suspended
16 May, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Jeannette Greene
The suspensions support the defense of Aleksandr Kogan, who provided data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, that several apps besides that of his own had gathered huge amounts of information of users under the previously lax privacy rules for data on Facebook. Archibong said the company has large teams of internal and external experts.
After reviewing thousands of apps by its own estimation, Facebook has suspended 200 which might have misused the data they had access to.
The social networking site made a policy change in the year 2014, which limited the access to user data but it noted some apps had obtained data prior to the revision. Following publication, the social network also banned Chris Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica contractor who blew the whistle on the firm, from using Facebook or Instagram.
The investigation is ongoing and the number of apps that raise red flags could continue to rise. First, Facebook has to find out which apps had access to large amounts of personal data, and if there are questions concerning a particular app, Facebook will dig deeper, ask questions, request information, conduct interviews and run an audit.
Users of any app that has access to data before 2015 will be notified through the Your Info page.
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down after the Facebook brouhaha, but the people behind it - such as wealthy Republican donor Robert Mercer - are reportedly already creating a new company. Having another Cambridge-based outfit caught harvesting details from millions of users is hardly a good look for Zuck and Co.
Today Facebook announced that after auditing "thousands of apps", it found and suspended "around 200" that were suspicious.
He pledged that every app receiving information from Facebook would be audited and that all the apps that either refused or failed the audit would be permanently banned.
Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you've allowed to access your data.
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