Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

Facebook says it has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of data

Facebook announced their latest update regarding an investigation that is focusing on applications that might have misused users' private data.

Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed sensitive data to hundreds of researchers through a website that lacked sufficient security, New Scientist discovered during an investigation. It has eliminated several applications that might pose a risk to its users. So far they have covered thousands of apps and as many as 200 have been suspended and are now awaiting a more thorough investigation into whether they did certainly misuse data.

The company had a lot of experts working hard to investigate this apps and the results are surprising. First off, Facebook has to figure out which apps actually had access to large quantities of user data.

Moreover, they would perform audits including on-site inspections of the apps in question.

In Washington, Facebook estimates that 7,013 Washington residents downloaded the "This is your digital life" app, and another 1.427 million Washington residents had a friend who downloaded the app, meaning their data could have been shared.

Facebook did not immediately provide detail on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them. For example, we will remove developers' access to your data if you haven't used their app in 3 months. The report noted that the media coverage of the scandal drove away all the companies' customers and suppliers.

Facebook posted on its blog Monday reporting it investigated thousands of apps in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It appears one of the students included the login information in a public GitHub repository that could be found with a simple web search. Their actions affected 87 million users. Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also testified in front of Congress. Cambridge Analytica was later accused of using that database to help targeted campaigns during the U.S. presidential election in 2016. It also accessed a huge portion of information from the users' friends.

As many as 50 million Facebook users reportedly had their profiles harvested for data without their permission by Cambridge Analytica ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

A judge scolded Facebook for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy.