Facebook banned thousand of Apps over data privacy concerns

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Date: 21 – September – 2019

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On Friday Facebook informed via a blog post that they have suspended apps associated with about 400 developers and also banned some apps permanently over data privacy concerns, many of the apps that were suspended where still in their testing phase.

 The apps that were banned completely were sharing inappropriate data obtained from Facebook, making the data publicly available without protecting the identity of the people or infringed any of the other policies. 

An app that was banned is myPersonality, this app shared information with researchers and companies with limited protection, and refused to participate in the audit.

In May, Facebook also filed a lawsuit against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that failed to cooperate with the investigation

Facebook informed that they took action against the companies LionMobi and JediMobi because they used their apps to infect user’s phones with malware and generate profits from it.

They revealed that they sued Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov, two Ukranian men for using apps to get user’s information form the platform. 

New Rules

Facebook has developed new rules for have a more strict control of the developers’ access to users’ data. 

Some of the changes are: 

Apps with a minimal utility for users like quizzes may not be allowed.

Apps might no request users’ data unless it’s used in a meaningful way to improve the quality of a person’s experience and demonstrate to people who the data will be used to provide that experience.

Also, the developer access to any API that has not been in use for the last 90 days can be suspended or revoked

Finally, Facebook said that the new agreement with the FTC will have its own set of requirements for bringing oversight of the app developers, one of the requirement is that the developers certify every year the compliance with Facebook’s policies