The social media giant gave an update Monday on its investigation, first announced March 21, into applications that vacuumed up large amounts of personal information from its platform in the days before it changed its policy and restricted such access in 2014.
Facebook will be posting the results of its audit on a support page, though only in cases where it finds apps that have misused data.
It won't name names (yet), but Facebook has suspended 200 apps suspected of abusing its data policies.More news: Overwatch second anniversary event confirmed, free weekend incoming
Apps that are being suspended are mostly those having access to large amounts of user data that was possible for apps to have before Facebook limited data access in 2014. Those apps that raised suspicion - or developers which refused to comply with the audit itself - would be banned. Before 2015, Facebook had allowed developers-games, quiz apps, calendar extensions and plenty more-to access data not only on the people who downloaded the services, but friends who had not expressly permitted such access.
More than 6 million people had taken the myPersonality tests, and nearly half agreed to share their data with the company. While academics at the University of Cambridge meant to limit access to researchers, a username and password to view the info was listed on the code-sharing site GitHub for four years. That includes people whose data Kogan misused here as well. Whether or not each of the apps will be named and shamed remains to be seen, however.
It's not clear how many outside parties used the exposed credentials to access the data or what they might have done with it. While reportedly working for multiple political campaigns, Cambridge Analytica gathered data from these millions of social media accounts to develop a mechanism that would predict and influence the behavior of voters.
Cambridge Analytica announced last week that it and its parent company were shutting down after the scandal led to intense scrutiny from both the USA and United Kingdom governments.