Facebook’s steps to restrict data access on the platform

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Following the data breach on part of Cambridge Analytica through Facebook, the Mark Zuckerberg-owned social media platform apart from apologizing promised to take steps to avoid such data breach cases. Now, the company has officially announced a few actions to restrict data access on Facebook.

Facebook is adding stricter rules to the Events, Groups, Pages, Facebook Login and various other aspects to avoid data access by any third-party app:

  • Apps using Events API won’t be able to access the people involved in events and wall posts of that particular event.
  • Apps using Group API will now require Facebook’s as well as the group admin’s permission to access the groups and won’t be able to access the group members. Additionally, the personal information will be removed which the approved apps won’t be able to access.
  • Access to Pages API by third-party apps will require permission from Facebook.
  • Apps accessing information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups from Facebook. Furthermore, apps won’t be allowed information such as religious or political views, relationship status and details, custom friends lists, education and work history, fitness activity, and much more.
  • Search and Account discovery using phone numbers and email addresses has been disabled.
  • Facebook has reviewed the Call and Text History feature and won’t access the content within it, and will also ensure deletion call and text logs a year older.
  •  Partner Categories has been shut.

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Additionally, as promised earlier, Facebook Newsfeed will now feature a link at the top which will detail all the apps being used by users, along with the information shared with the apps.

Facebook further revealed that around 87 million users were prey to the Cambridge Analytica data breach, most of which involved users in the US.

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