100 developers may have accessed user data improperly, Facebook claims

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Approximately 100 software developers had access to Facebook’s user’s data such as names and profile pictures according to Facebooks reveal on Tuesday. The social media giant has realized that many developers, despite the changes made in April 2018 to cut off the access, still had access to data about users in groups. Facebook mentioned that they knew at least 11 developer partners that accessed data in the past 60 days and has contacted about 100 developers who are under suspicion.

The developer’s access has been removed according to Facebook.

“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,” Facebooks director of developer platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, wrote in the blog.

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This once again shows that privacy issues still plague the worlds largest social network. Moreover, in March 2018 the UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested data of up to 87 million Facebook users without permission which raises concern about Facebooks efforts to protect user data.

In September, Facebook suspended tens of thousands of apps for various reasons as part of investigation into developers who possessed access to user data. The giant still didn’t provide any information on how many users may have been exposed.

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