Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

Christopher Wylie a whistleblower and former employee with Cambridge Analytica speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington D.C Cambridge Analytica whistleblower warns of 'new Cold War' online
Gerardo Duncan | 16 May, 2018, 15:03

Facebook has confirmed that the social media giant's CEO has no plans to come to the UK to give evidence over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, despite the UK Parliament threatening to formally summon the USA billionaire. The U.K. Commissioner's Office has ordered the company to release all personal information and data it has on an American voting, which could open the floodgates for millions of US voters to request their data back from the firm, according to The Guardian.

"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", the executive noted. The most grounded connect with the earlier data harvesting, however, is that the University of Cambridge's Psychometrics Center controlled the two informational indexes.

Three million Facebook users had their most intimate details exposed as a new data protection scandal hits the social media platform.

How the company came into possession of and then used personal information is of particular interest to investigators, who were said to have reached out to Facebook.

MPs have again criticised Facebook for submitting "insufficient" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry about how it handles data.

That said, the myPersonality Facebook app did actually scrub your name off before exposing your personal data online.

Facebook suspended the mypersonality app in April claiming it may have violated its terms. The data of these users profiles was not only shared with the Cambridge researchers, the data was available to anyone wanting to access it.

"It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica", Archibong said.

A US official also told the newspaper that investigators were also questioning Facebook in the probe. A first of its kind in the market, the program provides financial payouts to anyone who reports genuine cases of data collection that go against Facebook's data policies.

Sam Lester, the consumer privacy counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, says it's a good effort, but it's too late.

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