Jul 2, 2020

Facebook flaw let 5,000 developers gather personal data

Facebook says it mistakenly let 5,000 developers gather information from people's profiles after a time limit on their rights had expired. Apps on Facebook are supposed to be prevented from accessing people's personal data if the app has not been used for 90 days. Facebook has not stated how many users had their personal data scraped. Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced questioning before the US Congress on how his company dealt with users' personal information, and Facebook brought in its new policy on 90-day lock-outs for apps later that year. In the same blog post, Facebook also announced that it was changing its platform terms and developer policies "To ensure businesses and developers clearly understand their responsibility to safeguard data and respect people's privacy".

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