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Questions included what changes Facebook planned in light of new data protection laws in Europe, whether it had used non Facebook users' data and if the social media network had "mislead" Parliament at a previous evidence session (UK Parliament). New Scientist reports that some 280 people at different technology companies were given access and, somewhere along the way, that data ended up on a website that was very insecure.

While Facebook may have managed to distract users from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and win investors through differently-looking-but-exactly-the-same privacy policy, the company has a massive task of investigating all the apps that had access to data of a large number of users to make sure they didn't misuse this access. "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. Archibong said, "There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time".

The people behind the data sets were David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre.

But these 280 people or collaborators weren't alone in having access to data of almost 3 million users. According to New Scientist, the username and password needed to access the data were available on the code-sharing website GitHub for four years. They had been passed from a university lecturer to some students for a course project on creating a tool for processing Facebook data. However, their request was turned down by the myPersonality app team in 2013 because of the company's political ambitions.

Facebook said in a blog post Monday that it has investigated thousands of apps after it emerged that Cambridge Analytica had harvested information on about 87 million users without their knowledge.

Out of those thousands, he says, "around 200 have been suspended - pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data".

Kogan had established Global Science Research (GSR), which was granted access to Twitter data. "The use of the data can't be at the expense of people's privacy".

Next, trending on Facebook is Facebook's reveal that it's suspended around 200 apps suspected of abusing data. Another case of too little, too late...


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