Facebook has not fully answered data privacy questions, say United Kingdom lawmakers

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Prosecutors have questioned potential witnesses in recent weeks, telling them that there is an open investigation into Cambridge Analytica - which worked on President Trump's election and other Republican campaigns in 2016 - and "associated USA persons". But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.

Facebook's been investigating thousands of apps that may have gathered what it calls large amounts of information before it tightened its privacy restrictions in 2014. Facebook said it recognized "the seriousness of these issues" at hand, and provided written answers to 39 questions posed by the team of MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook has so far suspended 200 apps that could be involved in data harvesting in this manner.

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As part of its inquiry, the committee has been investigating allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 United States election campaign.

The social network will be conducting a "thorough investigation" to check whether these apps have misused user data or not. The Verge highlights that the data collection project may have begun in 2009 and there was some discussion of Cambridge Analytica acquiring the data, though apparently it was turned down due to its involvement in politics. It comes to notice that under the previous information outrage, the "myPersonality" test was utilized to gather different snippets of data about clients who participated in a psychological test on Facebook. "We are now investigating the app".

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Remember Cambridge Analytica? Well, the data firm that shut down recently is back. Facebook declined to comment for the Times's report. The company said that the payouts could go as high as $40,000, depending on the impact of each report, though there are no specific limitations set.

In its latest response, Facebook added a little more colour - although the answer is unlikely to satisfy privacy experts.

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Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

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