By B.N. Frank
Facebook has been accused of many things including, “Endangering Humanity with the misuse of Artificial Intelligence, Complicity and Aiding in Physical Genocide inside of China by transferring AI Technology, Engaging in Cultural Genocide of Humanity, & Controlling and programming the Human Race by Social Engineering via AI coding and AI algorithmic biometric manipulation”. For real.
It’s also been found guilty of many things including wrongly sharing user data with 3rd party apps. Now it’s déjà vu all over again.
Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps
The leak gave gave 5,000 developers unauthorized access to data
Uh oh — Facebook’s been caught in yet another data scandal. The company has admitted that it mistakenly gave around 5,000 developers unauthorized access to user profiles due to a bug in the platform.
The leak breaks Facebook’s own rules over access to personal information. Since 2018, the platform has automatically blocked developers from getting people’s data if they haven’t interacted with the app in the last 90 days. Once that time limit expires, developers have to again ask users for permission to access their data. But in this case, the lock-out system failed.
“We discovered that in some instances apps continued to receive the data that people had previously authorized, even if it appeared they hadn’t used the app in the last 90 days,” said Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s VP of Platform Partnerships.
“For example, this could happen if someone used a fitness app to invite their friends from their hometown to a workout, but we didn’t recognize that some of their friends had been inactive for many months.”
Papamiltiadis said Facebook fixed the bug the same day it was found, but didn’t reveal how many users had been affected.
The nature of the breach is particularly bad news for Facebook, as third-party access to data was also at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The incident was what led Facebook to introduce its 90-day lock-out rule. But the new leak shows the system clearly still needs a lot of work.
Unfortunately, leaks happen likely way more than what is reported.
When sharing data with 3rd parties is intentional – it’s sometimes referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism”.
Activist Post Recommended Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Many businesses are guilty of “Surveillance Capitalism” including utility companies that install expensive, inaccurate, and combustible electric, gas, and water “Smart” Meters (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Since tens of millions of “Smart” Meters have been installed – you may have them on your home already. If you can – you may want to get them replaced with 1-way transmitting meters ASAP.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives.
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