Facebook reveals privacy flaw in Groups that allows developers to access personal data

Facebook reveals privacy flaw in Groups that allows developers to access personal data

Facebook has spotted a privacy flaw on its platform that allowed app developers to access data in Groups that they should otherwise not have had access too.

The platform did not declare how information could be obtained from this method but said that 100 developers had retained access to Group data, such as names and photos of users.

Facebook did not confirm how many people had been affected by this privacy flaw.

The application programming interface (API) of the platform had been used by app developers to connect to Groups via the social network. The same API had been used in Cambridge Analytica to expose Facebook's flaw in protecting user's information, by obtaining political preferences and advertising to users accordingly.

On Tuesday 5th November, the company revealed that about 100 "partners" had retained access despite the platform changing the API following the Cambridge Analytica breach.

It said that "at least" 11 developers had seen users' personal information in the last 60 days.

"Although we've seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained, and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted," Facebook said in a statement.


Recently Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook appeared in front of the US Congress to discuss Facebook's plans with cryptocurrency Libra, despite having partners withdraw from the currency.

When appearing, Zuckerberg was asked about the data handling from the company, and how the company handles privacy.

“In order for us to make decisions about Libra, I think we need to kind of dig into your past behavior and Facebook’s past behavior with respect to our democracy,” said New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez also questioned the Facebook founder regarding how Cambridge Analytica enabled political advertisements to sway the 2016 Presidential election.

"So, you won't take down lies or you will take down lies? I think that's just a pretty simple yes or no," while Zuckerberg struggled to answer.

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