Senate committee presses Meta over data access by developers in ‘high risk’ countries

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Facebook’s murky history of allowing third-party apps to access user data, which you may recall blew up into a major global privacy scandal back in 2018 (aka, Cambridge Analytica), gouging the company’s stock price, leading to its founder being hauled in front of Congress — and finally, in mid 2019, to a $5 billion settlement with the FTC over what was sometimes euphemistically reported as ‘privacy lapses’ — appears to be returning to haunt it

Internal documents from a related privacy lawsuit that surfaced late last month prompted the chairs of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, to write a letter to Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, inquiring about what he and his company knew about how much user data the platform was leaking at the time. And what security implications such leaks may have.

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Senate committee presses Meta over data access by developers in ‘high risk’ countries

Facebook’s murky history of allowing third-party apps to access user data, which you may recall blew up into a major global privacy scandal back in 2018 (aka, Cambridge Analytica), gouging the company’s stock price, leading to its founder being hauled in front of Congress — and finally, in mid 2019, to a $5 billion settlement with the FTC over what was sometimes euphemistically reported as ‘privacy lapses’ — appears to be returning to haunt it

Internal documents from a related privacy lawsuit that surfaced late last month prompted the chairs of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, to write a letter to Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, inquiring about what he and his company knew about how much user data the platform was leaking at the time. And what security implications such leaks may have.

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