The recent Cambridge Analytical scandal has determined Facebook to be a lot more careful with its user data. This brought out a few other incidents, as the company has discovered some other apps that abused of the information they accessed. The recent news is about Facebook suspending about 200 apps that used way too much private data than they should have.
Facebook is more careful with user data since the Cambridge Analytica scandal
Soon after the privacy scandal, the social media giant started an audit that reviewed all the activity of the third-party apps paired with Facebook. Everything started from a regular personality test that users received from the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. The test accessed all their data and then used without permission.
This incident allowed the platform to find many other apps that use data improperly. Plenty of third-party apps get access to a lot of private information and some of them abuse it and use it for invasive purposes without the users’ permission. Therefore, Facebook thought suspending apps was the right solution.
Suspending apps was the right decision to avoid data breaches, Facebook thinks
At the moment, Facebook is still performing its investigations. The suspending apps haven’t been banned yet, but they might be if the platform discovered some improper use of data. However, until they reveal what they actually did with the info they got, the apps will stay suspended for everyone’s safety.
Facebook’s privacy policies changed in 2014, when they imposed some limitations on data access for third-party apps. However, many of the suspending apps had been paired up with the platform even before. Therefore, the first step Facebook took was to assess all these old apps and suspend those who didn’t comply.
The next step is a lot more serious. Depending on their findings, they are going to take action against the suspending apps. At first, they might perform some interviews and request information on what they did with the data. According to their answers, Facebook will decide what it should do about it.
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