Mar 21, 2018

Facebook 'lost sight' of data accessed by apps, insider tells MPs

A former Facebook employee has told MPs it did not try hard enough to detect when user data was taken or misused by apps built for the site. He told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Facebook had "Lost sight" of what had happened to user data once it had left the company. Mr Parakilas's hearing follow reports that Facebook user data was allegedly acquired illicitly and passed to Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics and advertising company, in 2014. Mr Parakilas told the MPs the system through which apps could access data had been "Far outside the boundaries of what should have been allowed". Mr Parakilas also suggested that Facebook, keen to grow as quickly as possible, had been willing to take the "Risk" of allowing "Unvetted" people to access its data.

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