Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

Now Facebook exposes psychological tests of 3 million

The Justice Department and FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-shuttered political data firm that was once used by the Trump campaign and came under scrutiny for harvesting data of millions of users, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Undeterred, Facebook answered a different question, saying that as of 2014, it had reviewed all apps seeking access to anything beyond basic data fields and rejected about half of those - some 299,000 apps in total.

Social-media companies have come under intense scrutiny over reports that Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users.

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Collins said that Cambridge Analytica was one of the areas where Facebook's response had been insufficiently detailed.

The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre. They had been passed from a university lecturer to some students for a course project on creating a tool for processing Facebook data.

Federal investigators have reportedly questioned potential witnesses, including former employees and banks that conducted business with the company, a USA official and other people familiar with the probe told the Times. "The data was highly sensitive, revealing personal details of Facebook users, such as the results of psychological tests". As a steady follow-up of the Guardian's unfurling in the month of March this year, Facebook Inc.

While Facebook did not mention the 200 suspended apps in question, there is also no clarity as to how long will the investigation take.

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The suspensions were part of the first phase of an ongoing investigation and the company suggested that there will likely be more.

The social network will be conducting a "thorough investigation" to check whether these apps have misused user data or not.

Those who gained access to the data would have been able to view about three million users' app scores that shows the personal characteristics of the participating individual. Privacy advocates like Lester say they would prefer if Facebook was more transparent now about who it suspects of abuse.

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