Personality App Exposed 3M Facebook Users' Details

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KitGuru Says: Despite three million affected users being far smaller than that of the 87 million caught by Cambridge Analytica, it is still scarily similar in practice.

San Francisco: A data set of over 3 million Facebook users collected via a personality app was available to download freely for anyone for nearly four years, New Scientist reported. That said, the myPersonality Facebook app did actually scrub your name off before exposing your personal data online.

The company also released confidential agreements signed with Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, requiring the deletion of Facebook users' data gathered by Dr Kogan's company GSR.

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The Sun reports that this latest gaffe saw the intimate details of 3 million users snatched by a rogue app with links to the software at the heart of the bigger privacy scandal that recently rocked the firm.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spent most of the past month on the fallout from revelations about Cambridge Analytica's data hijacking.

The data sets were controlled by David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge. Six million people completed the quiz, with some opting to share their Facebook data with the app. From researchers at universities to people at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - everyone had fun with your data and all the intimate answers entered in the quiz.

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Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

The scandal caused lawmakers in the United States to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's policies and a "Delete Facebook" advocacy campaign briefly trended on social media. The Verge highlights that the data collection project may have begun in 2009 and there was some discussion of Cambridge Analytica acquiring the data, though apparently it was turned down due to its involvement in politics.

The 200 applications Facebook said it suspended included one called myPersonality that collected psychological information shared by millions of members of the social network who voluntarily took "psychometric" tests.

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