Facebook Suspends Some 200 Apps in Data-Abuse Investigation
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 2:43
"However, for those who were not entitled to access the data set because they didn't have a permanent academic contract, for example, there was an easy workaround". That includes people whose data Kogan misused here as well. However, a backdoor made it easy for any bad actor to steal the information, even those without an academic contract.
It prevents web threats by guarding against ransomware and other online dangers; protects mobile and desktop devices; secures financial transactions online with a protected browser; blocks unsafe websites that try to steal your personal data; optimises performance on your devices, and safeguards kids with both time and content limits available. But what can, or will, Facebook do to go after the data that these parties already have? Users' answers to intimate questionnaires were left exposed and could be accessed by anyone online. It has eliminated several applications that might pose a risk to its users.
Cambridge Analytica, which has since been dissolved by parent company SCL Group, was also thrown into turmoil while its executives denied all wrongdoing.
Now, one unhappy user has filed a lawsuit in Northern California against Facebook due to this data collection procedure.
Facebook has not yet revealed the names of the suspended apps or the companies behind them, and is unlikely to do so unless they are banned. Its website has been taken down and the password and login from Github no longer work.
The credentials to the website were also floating around on the internet.
Free access to this data was limited to scholars and researchers working at a variety of companies. Kogan then handed that data, comprising some 87 million people's profiles, to a third-party political research firm Cambridge Analytica, which may have used the data for political ads. But Stillwell did not clarify exactly when the breach happened, how much information was shared, who may have gotten access to this information, or what this information could be used for. The Information Commissioner's Office, the U.K.'s data watchdog group, is investigating the incident.
In its first update since the company announced in March it was conducting an internal audit, the company said that the apps would be going through a complete investigation into if they misused data of users.