Facebook informs 4 million users about possible data leak

Aug

23

2018

Facebook informs 4 million users about possible data leaked via app
Facebook has announced that it will inform approximately 4 million users of the myPersonality app that their data may have leaked. Previously, it appeared that these data were accessible through an unsecured site.

In a notice , the company writes that it has now blocked the app. This would have been in use mainly for 2012. Facebook writes: “Today we removed myPersonality from Facebook, an app that was mainly active for 2012, because [the people behind the app] refused our request for an audit and because it is clear that they shared information with researchers and companies while there only limited security was available. ” There would be no proof that the friends of the four million users of the app were affected by the incident, so Facebook does not approach these people.

In May, it turned out that the information users had shared with myPersonality, including information about their mental condition, was shared with hundreds of colleagues by researchers at the University of Cambridge. This was done via a website whose log-in data were made available to students, among other things. The data included information such as age, gender, location and status updates that was linked to a unique identifier. Users of the app could give permission to share their anonymous data for research.

Facebook also reports that it has now removed four hundred apps as part of an investigation that started in March. He would now look at it more thoroughly. The search for apps that process information from Facebook users is one of the consequences of the scandal around Cambridge Analytica .

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