Facebook has come under pressure over last few years due to the concerns over the social network’s controversial privacy policies following Cambridge Analytica scandal. And earlier today, the company has revealed that a number of third-party apps might have accessed Group member’s data without permission.
In an official blog post Facebook revealed that although Group administrators on the platform are able to use third-party apps to get relevant information to the group, the company removed the ability to access details such as members’ names, profile pictures etc. back in April 2018. However, the company recently discovered that some of the apps retained the access to the data associated with groups such as member’s name, profile pictures.
According to Facebook, 11 developers got access to Group members’ data over last 60 days. While the social network has since then has revoked the access, it is yet to ask partners to delete any data they might have collected. However, when it does, it will conduct audits to confirm the data was in fact deleted.
While the news is worrying, Facebook has claimed that it hasn’t seen any evidence of abuse. Moreover, most of the apps that had access to the information were reportedly designed to make it easier to manage groups.