Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

But in a letter dated May 14 (PDF), Facebook's United Kingdom head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, replied that Zuckerberg still "has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the United Kingdom at the present time".

At the same time as threatening Zuckerberg with a summons, the committee issued Facebook 39 questions it said CTO Mike Schroepfer had failed to answer in his evidence to MPs.

But the committee didn't find those answers satisfactory either. Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said in a statement: "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".

The social network's 18-page letter states that the first Zuckerberg knew about allegations that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted data harvested from Facebook users was in March 2018 "when these issues were raised in the media" by the Guardian and other publications.

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Facebook is suspending about 200 apps it believes may have misused data.

The chore of patching Facebook's colossal security problem is far from over. It added that it had taken action against 370,000 apps in 2017. The disclosures over Cambridge Analytica have incited examinations on the two sides of the Atlantic and drove Facebook to fix its strategies on how individual information is shared and gotten to.

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

Aside from the data set, the application was also able to collect information from around 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users.

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One of America's largest tech companies is telling US lawmakers it doesn't want to see the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation matched on USA shores.

During his evidence session, Schroepfer said this was at the request of "people" in these countries, who wanted to work with a local regulator rather than Facebook Ireland. Another case of too little, too late... Zuckerberg, 33, had said that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded. Companies like Twitter tend to have access to less private information than Facebook.

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