New Delhi: Facebook, facing a major backlash after reports emerged that political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica accessed the data of its 50 million users without their permission, has said it has chalked out a roadmap for its "future".
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg has admitted that the social media giant "made mistakes" over the scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users.
The company is currently being probed in the US and Britain.
Here are the steps Facebook is going to take to prevent potential future data breaches
- Facebook will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its platform in 2014 to reduce data access.
- The company will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity.
- Users affected by apps that have misused their data will be informed.
- This includes building a way for people to know if their data might have been accessed via 'thisisyourdigitallife'.
- If Facebook removes an app for misusing data, it will tell everyone who used it.
- Facebook will turning off access for unused apps.
- It will also restrict the login data.
- Facebook will encourage users to manage the apps they use.
- The social media giant is also mulling to reward people who find vulnerabilities by expanding its "bug bounty programme".
Meanwhile, a former Facebook operations manager told a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday that data harvesting of member profiles by outside software developers was once routine and that the company took years to clamp down on the practice.
Sandy Parakilas, who was in charge of policing Facebook`s data handling procedures in 2011 and 2012, shed fresh light on business practices that are alleged to have enabled Cambridge Analytica to gain unauthorised access to the personal data of tens of millions of U.S. voters.