Facebook's audit into app data collection underway, 200 apps suspended

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

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

So far, the investigation has seen Facebook suspend around 200 apps.

Facebook, as part of cleaning up the mess left in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, said it has temporarily suspended 200 apps that had access to large amounts of user data prior to 2014. 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. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website.

This is what GSR, the company founded by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan, used in order to gain data from about 87 million people - which it is alleged to have passed on to Cambridge Analytica.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company will examine tens of thousands of apps that could have accessed or collected large amounts of users' personal information before the site's more restrictive data rules for third-party developers took effect in 2015.

Giving an update on the app audit process in a blog post, Ime Archibong, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, writes that the investigation is "in full swing". In the case of myPersonality, New Scientist reported that between the data breach and business-as-usual information sharing, there's no feasible way to know or identify every party that has now accessed that information. However, the social media giant is promising to invest heavily to ensure that the investigation is "as thorough and timely as possible".

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For any apps Facebook is concerned with, it then conducts interviews and asks for detailed information about the app and its data usage.

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.

The investigation isn't the only measure Facebook has taken to protect its users.

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

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