Facebook suspends 200 apps, review underway investigating data misuse

The government had in end-March sent a notice to Facebook asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by the UK-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity

Facebook says it has suspended around 200 apps so far as part of data misuse audit

Rather than sell the data, the developers behind the myPersonality app gave researchers access to Facebook users' sensitive information and exposed 3 million people in a massive leak.

"The investigation process is in full swing", said an online statement from Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong.

Currently Facebook has "large teams of internal and external experts" working on the investigation.

Facebook is suspending 200 apps that may have leaked private data on large groups of users without their consent, as it looks for potential breaches similar to the one involving Cambridge Analytica.

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Facebook announced Monday that is has already suspended some 200 third-party apps for misusing Facebook users' data.

In 2014, Facebook changed its policies so developers could no longer access the information of their app users' friends. Just like how they did with Cambridge Analytica, this website will show people if them or their friends installed an app that misused data before the year 2015. An investigation is still needed to see exactly what happened with each of the apps. There, you'll be able to see which apps you now allow to access your Facebook data - as well as which apps you've removed and apps that formerly had access to your data - and can then revoke privileges accordingly.

Speaking to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson said that more specific details on the individual apps that are going to be suspended will be provided once the audit is concluded. In addition it would reduce the amount of data given to an app when users sign in to only their name, profile photo, and email address. In a blog posting, Archibong says the suspensions do not mean the apps misused data, only that there are grounds for a further audit.

Facebook has revealed an update to its app investigation and audit that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced on March 21. Once the second phase is complete, Facebook users will be notified via a Facebook website if their personal data was jeopardized. If an app has misused the data, it could be banned from Facebook.

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