Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download freely for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions. The man behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Alexandr Kogan, was named a collaborator on the myPersonality project until 2014, though "myPersonality" never actually shared any information with Cambridge Analytica.

Experts are anxious that the researchers didn't do enough to anonymize the data, as well.

A report by the New Scientist reveals yet another leak that affects data of over 3 million users that was "left exposed online for anyone to access" for over four years! However, its head said that they lacked the detail they were looking for.

This, however, was not how the data was handled. According to New Scientist, the username and password needed to access the data were available on the code-sharing website GitHub for four years.

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It turns out that myPersonality was one of 200 applications culled from the site in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle, each given a fair investigation into whether or not data had been misused. About 270,000 people downloaded Kogan's personality-quiz app, which shared information on the people and their friends that then was improperly passed to Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook last month suspended "myPersonality" from its platform, saying the app may have violated its policies. "It is disappointing that a company with the resources of Facebook chooses not to provide a sufficient level of detail and transparency on various points including on Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, the amount spent by Russian Federation on United Kingdom ads on the platform, data collection across the web, budgets for investigations, and that shows general discrepancies between Schroepfer and Zuckerberg's respective testimonies", Collins said in a statement.

Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, used data collected via an app developed by University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan.

[The app] did not go through our ethical approval processes...

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