Facebook has said that up to 100 software developers may have been able to improperly access user’s data despite the company has changed its policies more than eighteen months ago.
Facebook claims it recently discovered that some apps were able to retain access to user’s personal information despite making changes to its service in April 2018.
The data included names and profile pictures of people in specific groups on the social network.
In a detailed posting, the company explained how it has since removed such access and reached out to around 100 developer partners who may have been able to see the information.
The social network says that at least 11 developer partners accessed such data in the last 60 days, CNBC reports.
Facebook platform partnerships head Konstantinos Papamiltiadis says a recent security review found that some apps still had access despite changes being made last year.
‘Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,’ the blog states.
Papamiltiadis said the apps were ‘primarily social media management and video streaming apps, designed to make it easier for group admins to manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos to their groups.’
The company has not stated how many users’ data may have been looked at.
Facebook Group administrators can use third-party tools to manage their groups, giving apps information about its activity, but since 2018, developers no longer be able to see individual members’ names, profile pictures, or unspecified other profile data.
Facebook began to restrict access to its user data by third-party software developers after reports in March 2018 that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users, possibly influencing the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The following September, tens of thousands of apps were suspended as a result of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In July of this year 2019, Facebook paid a record $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after the federal agency began probing the company as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.