The data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which harvested as countless as 87 million Facebook consumers’ personal data, too could have accessed the private inbox words of some of those affected. Facebook stole this previously undisclosed detail into the notifications that began performing at the highest level of News Feeds on Monday. These notifies gave users know whether they or their friends had downloaded a personality quiz app announced This Is Your Digital Life, which would have caused their data to be collected and potentially passed on to Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook lay the exposure in the details about what information was jeopardized: “A small number of people who logged into’ This Is Your Digital Life’ too shared their own News Feed, timeline, positions and themes which may have included posts and words from you.”
‘The harvesting of personal Facebook sends wasn’t disclosed, yet again, until the last second.’
Jonathan Albright, Columbia University
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the app, which was designed by Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan to collect data on Americans on behalf of the members of Cambridge Analytica’s British counterpart SCL, solicited access to user inboxes through the read_mailbox allow. Unlike the collecting of specific user pal report, which Facebook alleges it phased out in April 2015 unless both beings had downloaded the same app, the read_mailbox permission didn’t perfectly deprecate until that October.