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Facebook cuts off access to data for hundreds of thousands of ‘inactive’ apps

Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at the Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at the Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan

As it reels from the data scandal that helped lower its stock price and people’s opinions of it, Facebook is taking steps to limit the amount of applications that can see your personal data.

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In an announcement Tuesday night, Ime Archibong, vice-president of product partnerships at Facebook, said any apps that didn’t submit to an internal review have had their access to people’s personal data cut off.

The review, announced back in May, was to help officials “better protect people’s Facebook information,” Archibong wrote in a statement.

The review includes signing new contracts around data collection in a bid to be more transparent about the process, The Verge reports. A deadline for the review was set at Aug. 1.

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Archibong says hundreds of thousands of inactive apps have had their access to Facebook’s API cut off, meaning they can no longer interface with user data.

As for the active apps that haven’t submitted to the review, they will be “proactively” queued for review, and those that don’t reply to questions will have their access to the API cut off.

“Our goal with all these changes is to ensure that we better protect people’s Facebook information while also enabling developers to build great social experiences — like managing a group, planning a trip or getting concert tickets for your favorite band,” Archibong wrote.

The news comes amid a tough week for Facebook. Last Thursday, its share prices plummeted in the biggest single-day drop in stock market history.

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