Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2018

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".

Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions submitted by United Kingdom members of parliament that aim to explore the social network's approach to data privacy and fake news, according to the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the matter.

After, another major social media outlet Twitter has now been caught up in the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which collected the data of almost 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge and permission, according to a media report. About 270,000 people downloaded Kogan's personality-quiz app, which shared information on the people and their friends that then was improperly passed to Cambridge Analytica. The meeting occurred last month, as part of the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

But New Scientist said research showed that the data was not properly stored online and that the website had "insufficient security provisions". The data allegedly includes information like age, gender, and relationship status of 4.3 million people.

Over 280 people from almost 150 institutions eventually gained access to the full data set by registering as a collaborator to the project.

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".

Kogan provided that data to Cambridge Analytica, in a breach of Facebook's rules. Kogan accused Cambridge Analytica's now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix of "total fabrication" when it came to denying the links between Cambridge Analytica and GSR's data.

Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in Monday's post that the company will ban any app found to have misused data. While this is yet another problem for Facebook that is already trying to deal with an eerily similar Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal, no one over at Facebook HQ is going to lose their sleep since they are making more money than ever. "Any data set that has enough attributes is extremely hard to anonymise", Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye at Imperial College London said. Another case of too little, too late...

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