Facebook falls in the trap of data leak again! A glitch gave 5,000 apps access to user account information

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Facebook may be trading your data for money as the company says a glitch caused 5,000 apps to get your info

Facebook recently fell into the trap of data leak again. As usual, the company does not have any idea about how this happened. This is not the first time the social media giant got called out for data theft. Previously the company blamed Israel spyware NSO Group for its WhatsApp malware attack. This just goes on to show how irresponsible the cybersecurity team is.

Facebook continued to provide access to the user’s account information to about 5,000 apps, violating its own privacy policy, even after the users stopped using them. Facebook’s privacy policy automatically restricts the app developers to access the user information after 90 days of inactivity.

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Facebook data leak again to 5000 apps

The social media giant has assured users that the issue has been fixed and it hasn’t found evidence of any information being shared with the apps that they were not authorized by users. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook had announced a bunch of privacy-centric options to give more control to users over their account information.

To ensure app developers clearly understand Facebook policy on data sharing and usage, the social media giant had introduced new Platform Terms and Developer Policies. These new terms and policies limit the information developers can share with third parties without explicit consent from users, in addition to making it explicitly clear when developers must delete the data they have access to.

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Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, VP of Platform Partnerships at Facebook, said engineers fixed the issue on the same day they found it. In recent months, the company has filed several lawsuits against app developers that abused its platform, and the new developer terms and policies will be a new weapon in the company’s legal arsenal against the developers who break its rules.

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