The paperwork shows Facebook's efforts to ensure that Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, and Aleksandr Kogan deleted the data of 87 million users harvested by the latter through his "This Is Your Digital Life" quiz app. The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user".
Tech-Giant Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps from its platform as a part of the ongoing investigation.
On Reddit, readers are condemning IBM for sending more than 100 executives to Capitol Hill this week in an effort to prevent US policy makers from copying GDPR, Europe's new privacy standards, which give citizens the right to access their personal data and learn how it's being used, prevents companies from processing personal data unless users give explicit consent, and requires them to adopt privacy by design principles, among other restrictions. They had been passed from a university lecturer to some students for a course project on creating a tool for processing Facebook data.
Facebook's scramble to clean up the enormous Cambridge Analytica data scandal has been laid bare in a series of documents published by a committee of British lawmakers. "We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible". However, its head said that they lacked the detail they were looking for. A first of its kind in the market, the program provides financial payouts to anyone who reports genuine cases of data collection that go against Facebook's data policies.
If the former, the final tally could (hopefully) end up much lower than 200.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie. What will the final count be?
It's even unclear whether or not Facebook auditors will have the ability to ascertain for certain that a developer misused data. Ideally, Facebook's in-person inspections of these hundreds of app-makers will turn up the truth sooner rather than later.
The document revealed that political consultancy AggregateIQ spent around 1.6 million USA dollars (£1.2 million) on adverts from the Vote Leave Facebook page during the 2016 European Union referendum campaign, as well as 329,000 dollars (£242,000) for BeLeave, 51,500 dollars (£37,900) for Veterans for Britain and 32,700 dollars (£24,100) for the DUP Vote to Leave.
It may be months or longer before we know for certain which of the 200 apps got access to our personal data.
In March, it was revealed how a personality quiz on Facebook named thisisyourdigitallife managed to access and then sell data of over 50 million users of the social networking site to a political consultancy.