Facebook Bans App from Its Platform for Sharing Data
Facebook says it has banned an app called myPersonality from its platform for failing to agree to an audit. Facebook is in the process of auditing apps that run on its platform to ensure they meet minimum guidelines with respect to user privacy and their data. Facebook claims "it's clear that [myPersonality] shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place." The data of about 4 million people may have been misused and Facebook will notify those people. The myPersonality app was mainly active before 2012. Facebook has been investigating thousands of apps since March and has suspended more than 400 over concerns the apps are sharing data illicitly. The social network kicked off the security push in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a U.K.-based research firm absconded with the data of millions of users and shared it with others.
Oct 16, 2017
Huawei today announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, the Chinese company's flagship smartphones heading into the end of the year. The Mate 10 (left) and Mate 10 Pro (right) are high-end devices with curved glass panels front and back, and a metal frame in between.
Mar 10, 2017
Google this week made significant change to its core productivity suite, including its email, online storage, and messaging tools. Gmail gains support for add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, which will let third-party companies create small apps that can hook into an enhance Gmail.
May 14, 2018
Facebook today provided an update on its internal audit with respect to apps’ access to user data. Specifically, the company is examining which apps had access to large amounts of user data, similar to Cambridge Analytica, and if those apps misused that data.
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today outlined several steps the company has taken and plans to take to protect users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In 2013, an app developer created a personality quiz that was used by 300,000 people.
Feb 21, 2018
Google today announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program and an initial batch of handsets that meet the qualifications. Google says the Android Enterprise Recommended program “establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google.” In order to qualify, devices have to meet a number of specifications concerning their hardware, deployment, security updates, and user help programs.