Facebook was recently caught accidentally sharing user data with over 5,000 app developers. The user data included gender, location, age, email addresses, and profile-specific data points—however it’s unclear what data and from how many users were shared with which developers.
The user data belonged to users who have been inactive for more than 90 days. According to a new policy set by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the 90-day expiration period was put into place to preserve users privacy and to limit how much data app developers could harvest from the social media platform.
Unfortunately, the issue at hand allowed app developers to continue to capture data from these inactive users. Facebook has claimed they have fixed the issues and will implement new policies and terms regarding user data collection that will go live on August 31st.
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