Facebook says 100 software developers tried to gain improper access to user data – including names and profile pictures – although their privileges were taken away last year
- No fewer than 100 software developers had inappropriate access to Facebook user data, including their names and profile pictures & # 39; s
- Facebook said it discovered that many developers still had access to user data in groups, despite changes made by the company in April 2018
- At least 11 developer partners who had access to the data in the last 60 days
- About 100 developers were contacted who may have had access to the data
Facebook has said that up to 100 software developers may have been able to access user data inappropriately, even though the company changed its policy more than eighteen months ago.
The company claims it has recently discovered that some apps have been able to retain access to the user's personal data despite changes to the service in April 2018.
The data includes names and profile photos of people in specific groups on the social network.
No fewer than 100 software developers had inappropriate access to Facebook users' data, including their names and profile pictures, but their access would have ended in April 2018
In a detailed blog on posting, the company explained how it has since removed such access and contacted around 100 developers who may have been able to see the information.
The social network says that at least 11 developer partners have had access to such data in the past 60 days, CNBC reports.
Facebook platform partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis says a recent security survey has revealed that some apps still had access despite changes made last year.
& # 39; Although we have not seen any evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member information that they may have saved and we will perform audits to confirm that it has been deleted & # 39 ;, the blog says.
Papamiltiadis said the apps were primarily social media and video streaming apps designed to help group managers manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos with their groups.
Facebook paid a $ 5 billion record deal with the Federal Trade Commission in July after the agency began investigating the company after Cambridge Analytica political consulting firm had incorrect access to data from 87 million users. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is shown
The company did not specify how much user data may have been viewed.
Facebook group administrators can use third-party tools to manage their groups, giving apps information about the activity, but since 2018, developers can no longer see individual member names, profile photos, or unspecified other profile information.
Facebook began limiting access to its user data by external software developers following reports in March 2018 that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had incorrect access to the data of 87 million Facebook users, possibly affecting the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.
The following September tens of thousands of apps were suspended as a result of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In July of this year, Facebook paid a $ 5 billion record deal with the Federal Trade Commission after the federal agency started probing the company as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
WHAT IS THE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTIC SCANDAL?
Cambridge Analytica communications company has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.
The company claims it can & # 39; find your voters and move them to action & # 39; through data-driven campaigns and a team consisting of data scientists and behavioral psychologists.
& # 39; In the United States alone, we have played a central role in winning presidential races and congress and state elections, & # 39; with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.
The company benefited from a feature that meant apps could request permission to access your own data and the data of all your Facebook friends.
The data company suspends its president, Alexander Nix (photo), after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial allegations, including bragging that Cambridge Analytica played a central role in the election of Donald Trump
This meant that the company could extract the information from 87 million Facebook users, although only 270,000 people gave them permission to do so.
This is designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voter choices at the polls.
The data firm suspended its director, Alexander Nix, after recordings came of him making a series of controversial claims, including boosters that Cambridge Analytica played a central role in the election of Donald Trump.
This information would have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK.
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