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Facebook Cuts off Access to User Data for ‘Inactive’ Apps

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Tightening the very lenient policy towards developers Facebook came stringent by shutting off access to a large number of apps from application programming interface where app makers access user data. The stringent review policy came to check inactive apps and making the developers to renew contracts aimed to collect data and make the process more transparent.

In the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica scandal which forced the company to take stand to protect and safeguard privacy of users Facebook had to introspect and shed the easygoing nature towards hundreds of apps having access to information and set deadline of August 1 to comply for developers and businesses to re-submit apps to an internal review, a process that involves signing new contracts around user data collection and verifying one’s authenticity which was announced during  F8 developer conference in May this year.

After it was found that a huge number of apps are either inactive or from developers who had not submitted the software for review, Facebook starting cutting off those apps’ access to its Application Platform Application and the process revolves around the subject of review with a strictly laid deadline.

The review was claimed to be aimed at “better protect people’s Facebook information,” Ime Archibong the company’s vice president of product partnerships said in a statement.

In a blog post, Archibong said, “We’d encourage apps that are still being used but have not been submitted for app review to do so now. However, to ensure all apps currently in use go through our review process, we will be proactively queueing up apps for review. Where we need more information, developers will have a limited amount of time to respond. If we don’t hear back within that timeframe, we will remove the app’s access to APIs that require approval.”

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