Facebook suspends 200 apps for misusing data, privacy probe continues

Social Networking Lifts Concerns About Data Misuse

The US Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the British marketing analytics firm embroiled in the Facebook data scandal, and have questioned potential witnesses, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

In any case, we still don't know whether any of the data was accessed by third parties who should not have, but Facebook has said it is investigating the app. The company went on to state that updates will ensure that all apps undergo a "thorough investigation" wherein it will scrutinize potential threat to user data.

In its latest response, Facebook added a little more colour - although the answer is unlikely to satisfy privacy experts.

It turns out that myPersonality was one of 200 applications culled from the site in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, each given a fair investigation into whether or not data had been misused.

Cambridge Analytica is at the heart of a scandal that's stirred up two national governments and the world's largest social network.

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

Facebook sent the documents to UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee as part of evidence for the committee's inquiry into the Cambridge Analytica scandal, following CTO Mike Schroepfer's appearance in front of the British politicians last month. Six million people completed the quiz, with some opting to share their Facebook data with the app.

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About 270,000 people downloaded Kogan's personality-quiz app, which shared information on the people and their friends that then was improperly passed to Cambridge Analytica.

The people behind the data sets were David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre.

Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix and Wylie, the man the who blew the whistle on the whole data saga, both signed fairly rudimentary documents confirming they had deleted the data.

Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

While Facebook did not mention the 200 suspended apps in question, there is also no clarity as to how long will the investigation take.

The company reportedly used the Facebook data it obtained to create data models for clients, including the Trump campaign.

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