Cybersecurity researcher, Inti De Ceukelaire, exposed that Facebook has compromised with the private data of up to 120 million users through its popular quizzes. The quizzes were offered by the app company nametests.com and reportedly been archiving the name, posts, and photos of the users for years. The researcher says that he was shocked by what he found - carelessness of the system to protect user’s data – a glaring flaw, as per him.
Facebook announced an out-and-out app audit on March 21st and promised to investigate all the apps that access information from its platform. None of us want any website to access our personal information and abuse us in return by targetted ads based on our posts and friends.
When Ceukelaire tried to contact nametests.com, it denied all the claims and said that it found no evidence of abuse by a third party app and will take appropriate steps to avoid such violations of personal data in future.
When the researcher reached out to Facebook, it replied by saying they are looking into the problem. Later Facebook dodged a follow-up email by saying that it might take 3 to 6 months to complete the investigation and promised to keep Ceukelaire in the loop. But a few days later to this reply, Facebook admitted the flaw and informed that it worked with nametests.com and resolved the issue.
Ceukelaire said that this revelation against Facebook was only the tip of the iceberg, most of which, frighteningly, is still to see the light.
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