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Facebook data breach latest: 200 apps suspended

Data Breach experts

Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its ongoing investigations into the potential misuse of personal data following the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

In an announcement on its website, the social media giant said: “We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended — pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”

Facebook is currently conducting a “comprehensive review” to identify every app that had access to large amounts of potentially sensitive data before it changed its policies in 2014.

While there is not as yet a publically available list of the 200 apps under investigation, Facebook has promised that if they discover that an app has misused data, it will be banned. It has also informed users that they can check whether they were affected here.

However at the time of writing, only “This Is Your Digital Life” – the app at the centre of the scandal – is listed on the tool. The other 200 apps have not yet been added.

To date, a whopping 87 million people are thought to be affected by the data breach. And the people who used the 200 suspended apps are likely to see this number increase even further. In fact, with more than nine million apps supported by Facebook six years ago, it is expected that the revelations about abusive apps have only just begun and that the final number of people affected will be staggering.

 

What now?

Hayes Connor is preparing to launch a group action against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. You can find out more about this here.

If you are a Facebook user and you are concerned that your data has been breached contact us today. Likewise, if you want to be kept up to date on this case, get in touch. We’ll let you know if and when you can claim.

In the UK, the ICO and parliamentary investigations into this breach are still ongoing. But we will update you as soon as we have any news and can progress your data breach compensation claim.

In the meantime, you can keep an eye on our website to be kept up-to-date with the latest Facebook data breach news as it happens.

 

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