Facebook Announces Plans to Limit Developers’ Access to Account Data
Facebook announced plans to limit access to data for developers after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as revealed by the company on March 21, 2018.
Facebook announced that it would permit developers limited access to the data of account holders. The company says it will reveal less information to app developers, and they will be cut off from access when people stop using their app. Further stating that these developers will require Facebook’s approval to gain access to more detailed information.
When someone signs in to Facebook, developers using Facebook Login, will receive only the user’s name, profile photo, and email address by default. To receive further information such as their Facebook posts, will require the developer to receive permission from Facebook.
It is unclear if Facebook intends to run audits to ensure compliance with privacy measures, as it failed to do so in the Cambridge Analytica situation.
If a user has not used an app for three months, Facebook will be cutting off the apps’ access to the data of that account holder. This will also prove useful for users, as they can willingly disallow collection of their information, as many people have realized that around hundreds of apps have gained access to their personal information through Facebook.
Facebook plans to make people aware of what is happening with their data. The tech giant will be placing a tool at the top of the News Feed allowing people the freedom to disable apps and will be functional by April 2018. Furthermore, they will be keeping a watch on suspicious activities among companies it investigates, conducting a full audit of them. If these companies decline the audit, they would be banned from Facebook.
Facebook also announced intention to expand its initiate a bug bounty program to include misuse of data in third-party apps. Users hope that Facebook’s new rules of security will help avoid their personal data being shared without their consent and misused.
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