Facebook to United Kingdom parliament: no Zuckerberg for you

16 May, 2018, 11:31 | Author: Carlos George
  • Facebook is suspending about 200 apps it believes may have misused data

Three million user accounts have reportedly been compromised in a new Facebook data leak incident. However, the incident is another reminder of the mega Cambridge Analytica scandal which brought infamy to the popular social networking platform.

Undeterred, Facebook answered a different question, saying that as of 2014, it had reviewed all apps seeking access to anything beyond basic data fields and rejected about half of those - some 299,000 apps in total.

The Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political-data firm at the center of Facebook's data privacy scandal, according to The New York Times.

"To date, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended - pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data", Facebook said.

The data set was collected via the personality quiz app "myPersonality" by academics at the University of Cambridge. This latest episode highlights that instances of consumer data accessed by third parties in the mobile context is an issue that may be broader than first thought. It comes to notice that under the previous information outrage, the "myPersonality" test was utilized to gather different snippets of data about clients who participated in a psychological test on Facebook.

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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.

Facebook came under fire following an incident involving its user data exploited by Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based analytics company that was contracted in US President Donald Trump's election campaign.

This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook.

Remember Cambridge Analytica? Well, the data firm that shut down recently is back.

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and hedge fund billionaire and GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer founded Cambridge Analytica in 2013. Just like the roughly 200 apps that were banned as a result of Facebook's investigations, it too will be banned if anything unsavoury is found.

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