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Just how easy was gaining unauthorised access to the Facebook users' data?

The company also released confidential agreements signed with Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, requiring the deletion of Facebook users' data gathered by Dr Kogan's company GSR.

We plan to write to Facebook in the coming days with further follow up questions.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm embroiled in a scandal over its handling of Facebook user information, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. At that time, Facebook allowed third-party apps to access data of the Facebook friends of people who used an app, even if the friends never used the app in question.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has no plans as of now to face members of a British parliamentary committee probing the misuse of the firm's data its practice of collecting user information, the media reported.

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It added that "Cambridge Analytica is a data-driven marketing agency and does not manipulate political views".

Facebook suspended the myPersonality app in April of this year, four years after it started scooping up users' information.

Facebook said that it recognised "the seriousness of these issues" and provided written answers to 39 questions posed by the MPs.

Facebook is under fire for another privacy scandal. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.

"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", Mr Archibong said on Monday in response to an AFP inquiry. Between 9 and 16 April, the Facebook Like button appeared on 8.4 million websites, the Share button on 931,000 websites, and there were 2.2 million Facebook Pixels installed, the biz said. Also, both cases had one researcher in common. We were disappointed after providing a very significant amount of information to the Committee at the last hearing [that] that Committee declared our response insufficient.


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