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Four-million Facebook users’ data wide open for anyone to download for years


Yet another instance of a Facebook app putting innocent users’ sensitive private data at risk has been uncovered.

Six million people are thought to have completed tests set by the myPersonality Facebook app, with almost half agreeing to share details from their Facebook profiles with the understanding that data collected would be distributed “in an anonymous manner such that the information cannot be traced back to the individual user.”

However, it appears that the anonymisation was done in such a poor fashion that it might not be difficult for a determined party to de-anonymise the data and piece together intimate details of individuals using the rich data set.

That would be bad in itself, but things get worse according to a New Scientist report:

“Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed the data from the personality quiz app myPersonality to hundreds of researchers via a website with insufficient security provisions, which led to it being left vulnerable to...(continued)
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