Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

Answering questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before members of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of users data

Facebook goes after apps that access its users' data, suspends 200

The social media giant on Monday said that is auditing each and every app that has access to the data of its users and has already suspended 200 apps which failed to comply with its policies.

The US Justice Department and FBI have opened an investigation into Cambridge Analytica and the now-defunct political consulting firm's financial dealings, media reported.

It ends with the same certification statement that Nix and Wylie signed, but it also included 15 other pages of information relating to the settlement between Kogan and Facebook in November 2016.

The Cambridge Analytica data privacy controversy has caused quite a few problems for Facebook. Committee chair Collins stated that one of the areas in which Facebook lacked detail was in questions relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Another app, called "myPersonality" has now been revealed to have disclosed "intimate" details of at least three million Facebook users.

MPs have again criticised Facebook for submitting "insufficient" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry about how it handles data. According to a recent article in 9to5mac.com, Apple is now removing those apps from the app store that are sharing data in violation of these restrictions. The University of Cambridge has responded saying that myPersonality was started before the person who created it was even at the university, so it wasn't ever flagged for an ethics review.

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The University of Cambridge has chastised the application when New Scientist made a point of enlightening the academic body, with the Information Commissioner's Office stating that the data harvesting practices "did not go through our ethical approval process".

This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook.

"Cambridge Analytica may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules", the added.

The British firm was accused of unauthorized use of data in the interests of political clients. Just like the roughly 200 apps that were banned as a result of Facebook's investigations, it too will be banned if anything unsavoury is found.

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