Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook) has come out to announce some serious changes following a controversy with Cambridge Analytica(a data mining/analysis company). In a posting on his Facebook page the CEO detailed these changes:
They are going to review all the Facebook apps that had access to a lot of data before 2014. Any apps that have been misusing personally identifiable data will be removed and the developer will be banned from releasing apps on Facebook. They will also ban any developers who do not want their app audited.
Secondly, they are going to inform people of Facebook apps they have misused their data.
If an app has not been used in the last three months then Facebook will remove the access to that app. Additionally if an app uses Facebook as a way to log you in, it will only allow access to your name, photo and email access to any other data as part of the login process will require approval.
They will also encourage people to check out the Facebook apps that they use to see what data they use.
Facebook is also going to reward people who find Facebook apps that are misusing data.
So, for those of you who might have missed it here’s what happened. An app was created that was available to users on Facebook. Hundreds of thousands of people used this app which did a personality test. As a result a lot of data was collected on 50 million users. This data was then passed onto Cambridge Analytica.
Of course, Cambridge Analytica has been suspended from Facebook since the controversy.