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15 May 2018, 10:35 | Devin Moran
Data Leak Scandal: Facebook Blocked 200 Apps For Data Misuse
"It is disappointing that a company with the resources of Facebook chooses not to provide a sufficient level of detail and transparency on various points including on Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, the amount spent by Russian Federation on United Kingdom ads on the platform, data collection across the web, budgets for investigations, and that shows general discrepancies between Schroepfer and Zuckerberg's respective testimonies", Collins said in a statement. 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". Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced the amount of data that apps could access.
Facebook says it's now investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails the audit, the company will ban it. In a blog post on Monday, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, said that thousands of apps have already been investigated and 200 suspended, pending a more detailed review into whether they actually did misuse data.
If Facebook finds evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, it will ban them and notify users via Help Centre on its website. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica".
Facebook has now suspended the myPersonality app (and around 200 other similar apps) in its efforts to investigate apps that may have violated its data privacy policies.
If the former, the final tally could (hopefully) end up much lower than 200.
"Cambridge Analytica may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules", the spokesperson added. What will the final count be? In addition, they will also tell individuals by means of this site.
It's even unclear whether or not Facebook auditors will have the ability to ascertain for certain that a developer misused data. Ideally, Facebook's in-person inspections of these hundreds of app-makers will turn up the truth sooner rather than later.
In the case of this new data scandal, the "myPersonality" quiz was used to collect various pieces of information about users who took part in a psychologyquiz on Facebook.
The compromised data was said to be highly sensitive and reveals personal information of Facebook users like the results of their psychological tests.
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