After data incidents, Instagram expands its bug bounty
Facebook is expanding its data abuse bug bounty to Instagram . The social media giant, which owns Instagram, first rolled out its data abuse bounty in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw tens of millions of Facebook profiles scraped to help swing undecided voters in favor of the Trump campaign during the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The idea was that security researchers and platform users alike could report instances of third-party apps or companies that were scraping, collecting and selling Facebook data for other purposes, such as to create voter profiles or build vast marketing lists.
In the aftermath of the, Facebook promised to investigate other apps with access to large amounts of user data. The app developer investigation is ongoing, but today, it has reviewed millions of apps and suspended tens of thousands associated with about 400 developers.
Some of those apps were suspended for inappropriately sharing data, making data available without protecting users' identities or violating other Facebook policies. They include, the previously suspended app used by Cambridge Analytica. But not all of the suspended apps posed an active threat to users. Many were not live, and in some instances, Facebook suspended developers because they .
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The investigation is ongoing. Facebook says it's learning how to better understand patterns of abuse and how to "root out bad actors." As part of Facebook's, app developers will face . Developers will be required to certify their compliance with Facebook policies annually, and Facebook says developers who violate those policies will be held accountable.
Facebook gives users more control over data from websites and apps
Menlo Park. More than a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg had promised that users could "clean up" data that the network receives from other websites and apps. Now there is talk of separating the information from the user profile, the data itself remains.
Facebook gives users more control over data that the online network gets from other websites and apps. For the first time, they should be able to see who shared information about their activities outside of Facebook. With the new privacy tool, users will also be able to resolve the linkage of information with their profile. The data from the partners will continue to receive Facebook.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg had a control tool with the name "Clear History", with which one outside the on-line network collected data "clean up" or could also "wegspülen", already in the spring 2018 announced. According to the company, however, the development was very lengthy in view of the complex systems. And the online network is now talking instead of a tool to manage activities outside of Facebook.
Facebook gets some information about users' activities from other websites using tracking tools or online network logins. The goal is to pick out relevant ads based on non-Facebook behavior.
For example, if you put a pair of shoes in the shopping basket of a participating online retailer, Facebook will get it, explained the responsible product manager Stephanie Max. The online network then assigns the information to a user profile. The trader does not get any personalized data in return, she stressed. Other shared interactions include opening apps or calling a website. The tools for this are the so-called "Facebook Pixel" as well as the login with Facebook credentials.
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Users can now achieve that the information they receive is not be linked more with their Facebook profile. "We will continue to receive the data and we can use it for measurement purposes," Max said. For example, Facebook could use it to determine how many times an ad was clicked - even if the online network did not know from whom. Even earlier collected data will be decoupled from the profile, but not deleted. They should not be able to be assigned to the user again.
The new data flow control for activities outside the online network will initially be released only in Ireland, Spain and South Korea. Among other things, the product should be tested in different languages. Facebook voted on Tuesday for a slow launch in other countries, which could take months - while the online network otherwise brings new features, in part within a few days of the world at the start.
users can also occasionally separate the data link with their profile at individual websites and apps, as Max emphasized. This was originally not planned, but was introduced at the urging of users. Users who solve the data link would not see less advertising, she said. Among other things, Facebook had to change its data storage systems to implement the control tool.
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Facebook says 100 software developers may have improperly accessed user data .
Some developers retained access that was supposed to have been terminated last year.Facebook said it discovered that many developers still had access to data about users in groups, despite changes the company made in April 2018 to cut off this access, Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said it knew of at least 11 developer partners that had accessed the data in the past 60 days and has contacted about 100 developers who may have had access to the data.