This temporary suspension was carried out by Facebook as a cooperative effort to find out the Cambridge Analytica case which began in March 2018.
Vice President of Facebook Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, said the research would find millions of the apps that made for the platform.
Now, there are more than 10.000 apps that are under the research in collaboration with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It is to find out which apps have the potential to leak Facebook users’ personal data.
Yet, Ime said that more than 10.000 apps that are under research may not due have the potential to leak the user’s personal data.
“This does not due prove that the app has a potential threat to the privacy of user data. Many of these apps are not yet live, and are still in the testing phase when we pause the app,” Ime said. 9/22/2019).
He also said this platform had made a permanent stop for the apps that provide users’ personal data obtained from Facebook.
Facebook also took legal action to sue app developers who were not cooperative in the research.
“We take legal action if needed. In May last year, we sent a lawsuit in California to Rankwave, a data analysis company from South Korea that was not cooperative in the ongoing research,” said by him.
Ime said that although this research was far from over. Still, he claimed to have developed in evaluating developers who make apps on the platform.
Based on him, Facebook also increased its efforts in conducting research and taking action against potential data leakage from third parties or app providers.
“We have made a new regulation whereby developers will have minimal data access to the users. They (the developers) must clearly describe how the user data they obtain will be used,” said by him.