Facebook Fails to Protect Your Data Collected by Partner Apps, Yet Again
# of Records/People Affected: Hundreds of Miliions
When: 3 April, 2019
What happened: Unprotected Facebook user data sitting on Amazon’s servers
How Did it happen: Two Facebook app developers uploaded the data sets to Amazon’s cloud system. This is just the latest evidence that when Facebook shares data with third parties, it really has no control over where that data ends up or how securely it’s stored.
Outcome: These findings raise questions about whether Facebook is adequately investigating how that information is being stored by third parties. But even a well-meaning app developer who naively fails to secure their data properly poses a serious threat to users’ privacy.