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New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

Facebook has said that up to 87 million people may have had data harvested by a personality test app which was then acquired by the company.

The investigation sprung up following reports that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica was able to inappropriately access the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the campaign for Donald Trump.

Zuckerberg, 33, had said that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded.

"It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica", Archibong said. "It is therefore a little odd that Facebook should suddenly now profess itself to have been unaware of the myPersonality research and to believe that the use of the data was a breach of its terms", Stillwell told New Scientist.

Apparently, even the 200 suspended apps are expected to be further investigated via interviews and RFI requests.

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LESTER: The whole Cambridge Analytica scandal never would've happened because Facebook would've done what it was supposed to do, which is cut off access to all these third-party apps.

Cambridge Analytica, which announced it was closing earlier this month, has denied misusing Facebook data for the Trump campaign, and maintains its employees behaved ethically and lawfully. The data allegedly includes information like age, gender, and relationship status of 4.3 million people. The app was a personality quiz developed by a University of Cambridge professor.

Over 280 people from almost 150 institutions eventually gained access to the full data set by registering as a collaborator to the project. They mentioned that the committee found Schroepfer's responses to questions lacking and asked Zuckerberg to appear or the Facebook CEO will face the consequences.

As a part of a wider investigation, myPersonality app website has now been taken down by Facebook, and the publicly available credentials are non-functional.


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