Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

Data Leak Scandal: Facebook Blocked 200 Apps For Data Misuse

The University of Cambridge has chastised the application when New Scientist made a point of enlightening the academic body, with the Information Commissioner's Office stating that the data harvesting practices "did not go through our ethical approval process". Users can also know if Cambridge Analytica had access to their data. The growing use of social networking opened the door to the misuse of personal information via identity theft, cyberstalking, content-based image retrieval, privacy invasion, and more.

To view the full article, register now. From researchers at universities to people at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - everyone had fun with your data and all the intimate answers entered in the quiz. The data allegedly includes information like age, gender, and relationship status of 4.3 million people.

Federal investigators have reportedly questioned potential witnesses, including former employees and banks that conducted business with the company, a USA official and other people familiar with the probe told the Times. Former officials with Cambridge Analytica were not immediately available to comment.

Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, says that if any evidence is found that the suspended apps or other apps have misused data, they will be banned. However, this is yet another reminder that when you agree to sharing your data with one app, it is going to be mass circulated, ending up online.




A Cambridge Analytica said the company used Twitter for but insisted that it had never "undertaken a project with GSR focusing on Twitter data and Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR".

Experts are anxious that the researchers didn't do enough to anonymize the data, as well. 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.

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. Another case of too little, too late...

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