On Tuesday, Facebook revealed that as many as 100 software developers had improper access to Facebook users’ data, including their names and profile pictures.
Facebook announced that the developers had access to Groups information through a privilege that was phased out last year.
Facebook mentioned that this company finds that many developers still had access to data about users in groups, despite changes the company made in April 2018 to cut off this access.
Facebook also mentioned that it knew of at least 11 developer partners that had accessed the data in the past 60 days and has contacted about 100 developers who may have had access to the data.
Facebook said it’s removed the developers’ access to the data.
Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs mentioned in the blog that “Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,”.
The revelation emphasis how data privacy issues continue to plague the world’s largest social network.
Revelations surfaced that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission in March 2018.
The scandal raised concerns about whether the world’s largest social network was doing enough to protect user data and sparked scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators.
In September, this social media platform mentioned that it suspended tens of thousands of apps for various reasons as part of an investigation into developers who had access to user data it launched last year.