Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

UK MPs still not satisfied with evidence submitted by Facebook

UK MPs still not satisfied with evidence submitted by Facebook

Facebook has suspended 200 apps for possible misuse of user data.

San Francisco: A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download freely for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported. It comes to notice that under the previous information outrage, the "myPersonality" test was utilized to gather different snippets of data about clients who participated in a psychological test on Facebook. Recent changes mean the biz can trumpet the fact this process now takes just three clicks; but up until the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it was notorious for its buried opt-outs with settings spread across 20 pages.

The revelations have striking similarities to the now notorious thisisyourdigitallife case in which Cambridge University professor Alexandr Kogan is said to have broken Facebook's former terms of service by sharing data he harvested on 50 million users with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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The U.K. government is also interested in the political data firm.

The social network will be conducting a "thorough investigation" to check whether these apps have misused user data or not.

The data set was collected via the personality quiz app "myPersonality" by academics at the University of Cambridge.

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spent most of the past month on the fallout from revelations about Cambridge Analytica's data hijacking. At that time, Facebook allowed third-party apps to access data of the Facebook friends of people who used an app, even if the friends never used the app in question.

For the apps which raise concerns, Facebook plans to conduct interviews, seek information about them and the data they accessed, and carry out audits that may include on-site inspections.

While it's unclear whether Zuckerberg will appear before the United Kingdom government, either via video or in real life, MPs are studying Facebook's answers to their questions. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook announced that the investigation began in March itself and since then they looked into thousands of apps and suspended 200 of them.

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