Facebook Confirms Gross Misuse of User Data for US Election

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Facebook Confirms Gross Misuse of User Data for US Election
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:58:04 PM »


In a statement outlining its version of events, Facebook revealed how University of Cambridge psychology lecturer Dr. Aleksandr Kogan had created an app named "thisisyourdigitallife" that he made available to users in 2014.

The professor offered the app through an entity named Global Science Research (GSR), which asked users to take an online survey for $1 or $2. The app —just like any Facebook app— requested access to the user's profile information.

Over 270,000 users gave the app permission to use their personal details for academic research. But besides data on the survey taker, the app also harvested information on the users' friends who had not set their profile to private.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/facebook-confirms-gross-misuse-of-user-data-for-us-election/

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