Facebook has another privacy vulnerability: More than 100 software developers illegally access user data

Facebook said Tuesday that as many as 100 software developers may have improperly accessed user data, including the social network’s user name, profile, picture, and more, cnbc reported. Facebook said in a blog post that despite changes to its service in April 2018 to prevent such incidents, the company recently found that there are still apps that have access to such users’ data.


The company said it had now turned off that access and contacted 100 potential developers who had access to the information. Facebook says at least 11 developer partners have accessed such data in the past 60 days.

Facebook also said publicly that while it found no evidence of data misuse, it asked developers to delete data they might have obtained, and that an audit would be conducted to ensure the information was deleted. But the company did not say how many users were affected.

Facebook has been restricting software developers from accessing its user data since reports of it illegally accessing data from 87 million Facebook users in March last year, which could affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Facebook said in September that it had suspended tens of thousands of apps in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal as a result of an investigation into its software developer ecosystem. In July, Facebook paid a record $5 billion settlement to the Federal Trade Commission.

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