• Wintana Zerai

It's time to"Face"the music.

Facebook has once again found themselves under scrutiny after allegedly compromising the privacy of their users. A recent report found that Facebook paid users to install apps that would allow the company to collect sensitive data about their phone and web activity.

Of the 70 popular apps that were tested to see if they sent sensitive information to Facebook, at least 11 apps were shown to be connected. App related to real estate, heart/ health monitoring, and ovulation were just a few of the apps that had their user information reported to Facebook. The information was reportedly used to help understand user trends better. A Facebook spokesperson spoke on the matter saying, “We require app developers to be clear with their users about the information they are sharing with us, and we prohibit app developers from sending us sensitive data”. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has asked the New York Department of State and Department of Financial Services to investigate Facebook and their consumer privacy. Many of the apps who were caught sending out private information have declined to comment on this issue.

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