Facebook has not fully answered data privacy questions, say United Kingdom lawmakers

Facebook did not name the apps that have been suspended, but says the developers have been notified. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.

Facebook has said a Cambridge University lecturer named Aleksandr Kogan collected the data legitimately through a personality-quiz app but then violated Facebook's terms by sharing the information with Cambridge Analytica, a firm later hired by the Trump presidential campaign during the 2016 U.S. election.

Three million user accounts have reportedly been compromised in a new Facebook data leak incident.

Federal investigators have reportedly questioned potential witnesses, including former employees and banks that conducted business with the company, a US official and other people familiar with the probe told the Times. This may include agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

The whole access-fiasco has been under the control of David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University Psychometrics Centre. Apparently someone working for the app shared some of the code on GitHub, and put working login credentials in the code as well that allowed access to the database, for four years.

Facebook is especially focused on apps operating in 2014 or earlier.

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The app called "myPersonality" was created by University of Cambridge researchers.

Facebook has said Mark Zuckerberg has no plans to come to the United Kingdom to give evidence to parliament despite the threat of a formal summons, prompting frustrated MPs inquiring into the Cambridge Analytica data breach to ask if he would appear via video link instead.

Facebook suspended the app on April 7, after it accessed the "Big Five" personality scores of 3.1 million users, and two million status updates from over 150,000 users, including details about age, gender and relationship status from 4.3 million people.

As a part of a wider investigation, myPersonality app website has now been taken down by Facebook, and the publicly available credentials are non-functional.

Ime Archibong, vice president of Product Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog that the apps, which he did not specify in detail, will be subject to a thorough investigation as to whether they did in fact misuse any data.

  • Sonia Alvarado