Facebook suspends 200 apps over mishandled user data

Facebook suspends 200 apps over mishandled user data

Despite the controversy, Cambridge Analytica maintained it never misused the Facebook data.

The Social Network also offered a more detailed answer to why it changed its policies so some 70 per cent of its users - who are in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin/South America - no longer have Facebook Ireland as their data controller.

Prosecutors have told possible witnesses that there is an open investigation into the company as well as "associated USA persons", according to the Times.

SYDELL: Facebook says it asked Cambridge Analytica to delete data in 2015.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions.

Cambridge Analytica, a British data analysis company, was accused of illegally accessing the data of some 87 million Facebook users for its political data analysis allegedly connected with US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. Companies like Twitter tend to have access to less private information than Facebook.

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Those who gained access to the data would have been able to view about three million users' app scores that shows the personal characteristics of the participating individual.

Apparently, even the 200 suspended apps are expected to be further investigated via interviews and RFI requests. This may include agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

Furthermore, it is also said that the app has 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users.

Grabbing the login details from GitHub granted access to the sensitive data "in less than a minute" and has, in fact, been publicly visible on the website for the past four years. Signed over from university lecturer to some students, this was a supposedly a course project on creating apps to process Facebook data.

The UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has been investigating allegations of misuse of user data surrounding Facebook's recent scandal relating to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook told CNNMoney the developers behind the 200 apps have been notified. As an aftermath of the instigation by Cambridge Analytica scandal, this move was effectuated to ensure that the site is secure and there's no breach of user's private data.

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