Facebook shares data of inactive users with thousands of developers; can’t seem to learn

Developers were able to access the data of users who had not used the app "in more than 90 days". Let us know here the details of the latest user data FISCO from Facebook.

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Social media giant Facebook has revealed yet another nuisance while talking about the data of its users. As per the latest information, it is learned that it has shared personal details of its "passive users" with thousands of developers. The company shared some vague details about the issue in a dedicated post on the Facebook news room. As part of the disclosure, it also plans to improve the "data limit for commonly used apps". Developers were able to access the data of users who had not used the app "in more than 90 days". Let us know here about the details of the latest user data FISCO from Facebook. Also Read - Microsoft is discontinuing the mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

Facebook shares data of inactive users; details

According to the Post, Constantino Papamiltadis, vice president of platform partnerships, shared information about the issue. He said the issue has been going on "for the past several months". Around 5,000 developers obtained user data, including language and gender, beyond a period of 90 consecutive days. Facebook noted that it had not seen evidence of personal data leaks exceeding initial permissions. Also mentioned that it fixed the day after "discovery". However, Facebook "will continue to investigate the issue to focus on transparency around any major updates." The problem here is that according to Facebook's guidelines, developers should not receive user data once the user is "inactive". Also Read - Facebook testing lock feature for iOS on Messenger

Facebook automatically disables users if they have not used the app for more than 90 days. It introduced this measure to strengthen its user data policies following the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018. The company did not provide an exact timeline of this new issue. ALSO READ- Signing with Apple jeopardizes user privacy and security: OpenID Foundation

Apart from the absence of time period, we are also not sure of the number of users affected by this issue. To counter the issue, the company also introduced new "platform rules and developer policies" for businesses and developers. This will ensure that they can easily "understand their responsibility for protecting data".
Facebook shares data of inactive users with thousands of developers; can’t seem to learn Facebook shares data of inactive users with thousands of developers; can’t seem to learn Reviewed by Digitaltech on July 02, 2020 Rating: 5

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