Facebook suspends 200 apps for misusing data, privacy probe continues

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Data Leak Scandal: Facebook Blocked 200 Apps For Data Misuse

Areas where Zuck & co failed to meet the committee's exacting standards included Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, data collection across the web and the firm's budgets for investigations.

Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions submitted by United Kingdom members of parliament that aim to explore the social network's approach to data privacy and fake news, according to the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the matter.

According to the committee, it will be writing to Facebook again in the coming days to address the significant gaps that exist in the company's answers. In a blog post on Monday, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, said that thousands of apps have already been investigated and 200 suspended, pending a more detailed review into whether they actually did misuse data.

The company also released confidential agreements signed with Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, requiring the deletion of Facebook users' data gathered by Dr Kogan's company GSR.

The company says that it's canvased thousands of apps so far. In a May 14th Newsroom post, the company said that it was in the middle of investigating all apps that - like Cambridge Analytica - had access to the personal data of users' friends, whether they had consented to having their personal information collected or not.

While Archibong admits that "there is a lot more work to be done" to find all potential violators of Facebook's policies, "we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible".

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"We've received strong feedback from regulators and judicial systems outside of Europe that they want us to be directly responsive to them and not be required to go through Europe on data protection matters", Facebook said.

If the former, the final tally could (hopefully) end up much lower than 200. In addition, they will also tell individuals by means of this site.

The document revealed that political consultancy AggregateIQ spent around 1.6 million U.S. dollars (£1.2 million) on adverts from the Vote Leave Facebook page during the 2016 European Union referendum campaign, as well as 329,000 dollars (£242,000) for BeLeave, 51,500 dollars (£37,900) for Veterans for Britain and 32,700 dollars (£24,100) for the DUP Vote to Leave.

The compromised data was said to be highly sensitive and reveals personal information of Facebook users like the results of their psychological tests.

Back then, Facebook allowed app developers to grab your info and that of your mates without their permission. But these 200 apps will undoubtedly add to the 87 million users affected by Cambridge Analytica alone.

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