Facebook’s Data Scandal began in 2007 when they launched the Facebook Platform with the vision that more apps should be social. The calendar should be able to show friends’ birthdays, Maps should show where friends live, and address book should show their pictures. To do this, they enabled people to log into apps and share who their friends were and some information about them.
a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app. It was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends’ data. Given the way the platform worked at the time, this meant Kogan was able to access tens of millions of their friends’ data.
to prevent abusive apps, they announced that they were changing the entire platform to dramatically limit the data apps could access. Most importantly, apps like Kogan’s could no longer ask for data about a person’s friends unless their friends had also authorized the app. They also required developers to get approval from them before they could request any sensitive data from people. These actions would prevent any app like Kogan’s from being able to access so much data today.
Facebook learned from journalists at The Guardian that Kogan had shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica. It is against our policies for developers to share data without people’s consent, so we immediately banned Kogan’s app from Facebook‘s platform and demanded that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica formally certify that they had deleted all improperly acquired data. They provided these certifications.
Last week, Facebook claimed that it learned from The Guardian, The New York Times and Channel 4 that Cambridge Analytica may still have the data which they certify to be deleted. Facebook claimed that it immediately banned them from using any of our services. And Cambridge Analytica claims they have already deleted the data and has agreed to a forensic audit.
This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, says Zuckerburg.
The company has revealed that the data of around 87 million people may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
Mark Zuckerberg, during a conference call, shortly after the post was published, said: “We didn’t take a broad enough view on what our responsibility was and that was a huge mistake. That was my mistake.”
Facebook discovered the information had been harvested by a third party in late 2015, but it was lazy enough to alert the users. The updates come two weeks after the Observer revealed that the data analytics firm that tied up with Donald Trump’s election team and the Brexit campaign acquired millions of profiles of US citizens and used it to build a software program predicting and influencing voters.
The data was collected through an app: thisisyourdigitallife, built by Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan through his company Global Science Research in collaboration with Cambridge Analytica. Hundreds of thousands of users were paid a small fee to take a personality test and they consented to have their data collected. However, the app also harvested the information of the participants’ friends, which allowed for the accumulation of data from tens of millions of Americans.
This does not limit to the United States of America but also to India and 355 citizens of India who may have installed a Cambridge Analytica App exposing the data of 560,000 users, maybe including you, who knows!
India was the seventh most affected country in the World’s biggest data breach involving Cambridge Analytica.
The Government of India had issued a notice to Facebook when the data breach came into highlights demanding the data for India to which Facebook responded on April 5, 2018, and submitted the official response. Facebook’s biggest user base is set up in India.