The leaked data from over 87 million accounts on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, has led to a great loss of over $100 billion for the company. The leaked data was used to influence the voters in 2016 US Election that favoured Donald Trump, which makes users flame up for the tech giant to allow third party app invade their privacy.
Today, Facebook offers a more specific look on how it will restrict data access on Facebook, and these nine plans will be effective starting on Monday, 9th of April, 2018 as users will see the notification on their Newsfeed of how much data they have shared.
Here are the changes Facebook is making:
1. Events API: Some people do grant some apps to access information about their events they host or attended, including private events. So, any app using the API will no longer be able to access the guests lists and post on the event wall. Any app that want to access this information will agree to the strict requirements.
2. Groups API: Apps needs the permission of a group or member to access group contents of a closed group, and the permission of an admin for a secret groups. From today, apps using the Group API will no longer have access to group member list and all third-party apps will need approval from Facebook and admin to ensure they benefit the group.
3. Pages API: Until today, any app could use the Pages API to read posts or comments from any page. Starting today, all future access to the Pages API will need to be approved by Facebook. This will ensure that Page Information will only be available to apps providing useful services to Facebook community.
4. Facebook Login: Starting today, Facebook will need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups. Facebook will also no longer allow apps to ask for access to personal information such as religious or political views, relationship status and details, custom friends lists, education and work history, fitness activity, book reading activity, music listening activity, news reading, video watch activity, and games activity. And also, Facebook will remove a developer’s ability to request data people shared with them if it appears they have not used the app in the last 3 months.
5. Instagram Platform API: The Instagram Platform API has been deprecated. The new changes will be effective starting from today.
6. Search and Account Recovery: You can no longer search for a Facebook profile by phone number or email address. It has been disabled because malicious actors have been found using the feature to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Moreover, Facebook is also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well.
7. Call and Text History: Call and text history doesn’t collect message data, but rather who you message and call most frequently. You can opt-out of this and all logs older than one year will be deleted.
8. Data Providers and Partner Categories: This product enables third-party data providers to offer their targeting directly on Facebook. Today, Facebook has decided to shut it down to protect people’s privacy.
9. App Control: Finally, starting on Monday, April 9, Facebook will show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use — and the information they have shared with those apps. People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want. As part of this process Facebook will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
Do you believe these new changes will protect privacy or reduce the features of Facebook? What’s your say?