Technology Facebook expands its reward program for data abuse reports

23:30  15 october  2019
23:30  15 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Instagram will pay researchers to uncover abuse of users' personal data

Instagram will pay researchers to uncover abuse of users' personal data It's part of Facebook's expanding bug bounty program

Facebook is broadening its data abuse bounty program to reward more security sleuths. As of today, researchers can earn at least $500 when they find Facebook data vulnerabilities in third-party apps and sites using active penetration tests, not just passive observation. They'll have to conduct the tests with the permission of the third party and honor that party's bounty and disclosure rules, but they'll have a stronger incentive to share potential data leaks than they did in the past.

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This might not go as far as some would like, since the permission requirement leaves researchers in a tough spot. While this increases the chances that a third party will be aware of and fix a data flaw, it also creates problems if the app or site creator doesn't consent to testing. This doesn't stop tests, but an investigator may have to accept that neither Facebook nor the third party will pay up.

After data incidents, Instagram expands its bug bounty

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.

So long as most companies cooperate, though, this could lead to more disclosures and better controls for your data. Facebook has a strong financial motivation to pay more, too. Whatever it spends on bounty rewards it might save by avoiding government fines for its data security.


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