Allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 USA election campaign, prompted multiple investigations in the U.S. and Europe. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.
The UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has been investigating allegations of misuse of user data surrounding Facebook's recent scandal relating to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.
A personality quiz on Facebook left the personal information of 3 million users exposed on a website where it was easy to read details on people's nature, such as their conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticisms, according to a new report Monday. Thousands more are being investigated as the company attempts to clean up its privacy act post-Cambridge Analytica. This may include agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.
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Facebook is especially focused on apps operating in 2014 or earlier.
The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The 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. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica".
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The University of Cambridge has chastised the application when New Scientist made a point of enlightening the academic body, with the Information Commissioner's Office stating that the data harvesting practices "did not go through our ethical approval process".
A USA official also told the newspaper that investigators were also questioning Facebook in the probe.
While Facebook did not mention the 200 suspended apps in question, there is also no clarity as to how long will the investigation take.
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