Facebook Has Suspended 200 Apps That May Have Misused People's Private Data

Facebook Has Suspended 200 Apps That May Have Misused People's Private Data

Well, Facebook just announced they have suspended over 200 apps after investigation of their usage.

Facebook has already suspended close to 200 apps in an ongoing investigation into applications that potentially accessed and abused sizeable swaths of user data, the company announced in a blog post published today. This first stage of review may have resulted in the suspension of hundreds of apps but that doesn't mean if all of them actually engaged in data misuse.

That said, there are still many more apps under investigation, the company notes, and alas, several "may have misused people's Facebook data". If an app misled users in how their data was being used, it could be banned from Facebook.

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook users have been incentivised to dig through the information Facebook had on them, which revealed the data scraping the lawsuit brings to the court.

In response Facebook changed the rules in 2014 but it has since said it would launch a full investigation into every app that had access to the data before it closed the loophole.

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"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", he says. The exact scale of user information that's been taken and shared by Facebook app devlopers since the platform's inception-made possible by leaky and/or poorly enforced app developer policies-may never be known.

'We will keep you updated on our progress'. (Stillwell's Cambridge email has been taken down and he did not immediately respond to The Outline's request for comment on Facebook).

Android users who installed the Facebook app to their phones before the Android 4.1 version and granted access to their contact lists were, according to the filing, also granting Facebook permission to automatically collect data on texts, calls, duration of calls and recipients.

Of course, all this depends on Facebook's definitions of misuse.

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