Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

The letter also included answers to the 39 questions the committee posed in its last letter, which included inquiries about Aleksandr Kogan's non-disclosure agreement, who's leading the Cambridge Analytica investigation, the storage of non-Facebook users' data and how many websites host Facebook Like buttons and Pixels.

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately with respect to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica issue and its fall-out (including today's coverage of the announcement that Facebook suspended nearly 200 apps pending a more complete investigation in whether any user data was misused). "We are now investigating the app". Check back for updates.

Allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 USA election campaign, prompted multiple investigations in the U.S. and Europe.

In March, it was revealed how a personality quiz on Facebook named thisisyourdigitallife managed to access and then sell data of over 50 million users of the social networking site to a political consultancy.

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A username and password was required to access the data online, but New Scientist reported that finding a valid username and password online was easy and could be done in "a single web search". The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user". Former officials with Cambridge Analytica were not immediately available to comment.

Archibong said any app running on the platform that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook. Archibong said that large teams of internal and external experts are working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.

Cambridge Analytica has denied any wrongdoing, saying that it has deleted the Facebook data and that it wasn't used for the Trump campaign. The company said that the payouts could go as high as $40,000, depending on the impact of each report, though there are no specific limitations set.

The question over how many clicks or swipes it takes for users to change their privacy settings was also dodged.

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