Facebook quiz leads to data breach for 3 million users

Facebook quiz leads to data breach for 3 million users

A British parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions relating to fake news and data privacy, Reuters reports. As an aftermath of the instigation by Cambridge Analytica scandal, this move was effectuated to ensure that the site is secure and there's no breach of user's private data.

Facebook made a policy change in 2014 limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data obtained prior to the revision.

San Francisco: A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download freely for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported. The app was a personality quiz developed by a University of Cambridge professor.

The paperwork shows Facebook's efforts to ensure that Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, and Aleksandr Kogan deleted the data of 87 million users harvested by the latter through his "This Is Your Digital Life" quiz app.


Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions.

An article released by the NewScientist Monday revealed that a new Facebook data leak left millions of user's information exposed online for anyone to access. This data was anonymised and samples of it were shared with registered academic collaborators around the world through the myPersonality project, resulting in over 45 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of Product Partnerships. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook announced that the investigation began in March itself and since then they looked into thousands of apps and suspended 200 of them. The Verge features that the information gathering venture may have started in 2009 and there was some dialog of Cambridge Analytica gaining the information, however clearly it was turned down because of its inclusion in legislative issues.

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