Facebook: Around 100 app developers may have retained access to user data

Facebook: Around 100 app developers may have retained access to user data

Facebook has said around 100 app developers may have been able to obtain user data from groups on the social network, after uncovering access had not been fully closed off as intended.

Despite making changes to what third parties can see following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the firm has admitted some retained access to information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group activity.

It believes at least 11 partners accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days but claims to have found nothing to suggest the data was misused in its own investigation.

“Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,” explained Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of platform partnerships.

(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Facebook has not disclosed the names of the developers, nor the number of users that may have been affected.

Such access by third party partners has now been revoked, it added.

The revelation is the latest in a string of privacy concerns to hit the social network in recent years and comes a week after it agreed to pay a £500,000 fine over personal data use in political campaigns.

In 2017 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) opened a wide-ranging investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes and issued the penalty to the tech giant in October 2018.

The investigation found that between 2007 and 2014 Facebook processed user data by letting third-party app developers access personal information without the user’s informed consent.

More on this topic

Facebook not the 'truth police for the entire world', official saysFacebook not the 'truth police for the entire world', official says

Facebook stresses ‘clear rules’ on content as missing backpacker pictures sharedFacebook stresses ‘clear rules’ on content as missing backpacker pictures shared

Facebook and politics: A history of controversyFacebook and politics: A history of controversy

Zuckerberg defend’s Facebook decision to run political adsZuckerberg defend’s Facebook decision to run political ads

More in this Section

Vodafone’s budget-friendly phone too good to be overlookedVodafone’s budget-friendly phone too good to be overlooked

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US banHuawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

Google Chrome considering badge to shame sites that load slowlyGoogle Chrome considering badge to shame sites that load slowly

Ad for children’s app banned for encouraging ‘likes’ and ‘followers’Ad for children’s app banned for encouraging ‘likes’ and ‘followers’


Lifestyle

Dating apps are now the most popular way for people to connect. But as the new movie ‘Last Christmas’ portrays, real-life romances still exist and, according to Deirdre Reynolds, even flourish.Close encouters: Going offline to find your love match

She made her name as a TV and radio presenter, but Laura Whitmore is about to make her big screen debut, as actress and screenwriter, writes Esther McCarthy.The secret of her success: Laura Whitmore on her big screen debut

More From The Irish Examiner