Facebook goes to court for stealing user data

Facebook goes to court for stealing user data

For improper access and collection of user data, Facebook filed a federal lawsuit in the California court against OneAudience.

The aforementioned is a data analysis company based in New Jersey that came to light in November 2019, when it was pointed out as responsible for the exposure of the background of an undetermined number of people registered in said social network, but also on other platforms, such as Twitter.

The error was in the package for One Audience software developers and allowed those who created applications to access user information such as email addresses, usernames and shared content, reported on that occasion El Diario.

According to the director of compliance with Facebook's platform and litigation, Jessica Romero, OneAudience paid developers to install a malicious software development kit (SDK) in their applications, all hosted in the Google Play online store.

The security researchers first pointed out the behavior of OneAudience as part of our data abuse rewards program. Facebook and other affected companies took enforcement measures against OneAudience, detailed in a press release.

Romero added that the measures adopted by Facebook consisted of disabling applications, sending the company a letter of termination and withdrawal, and requesting their participation in an audit, as required by our policies.

Despite the evidence and the battery of demands, OneAudience simply refused to cooperate.

This is the last in our efforts to protect people and increase the responsibility of those who abuse the technology industry and users, the executive said.

The objective of legal actions such as the one described, continued the director of compliance with the Facebook platform and litigation, is to send a message to people who try to abuse our services that we take compliance with our policies seriously.

According to the record in the text, this includes requiring developers to cooperate during an investigation and advance the state of the law when it comes to the misuse of data and privacy.

Although it is easy to infer that those affected are only Android users and both Facebook and Twitter encrypted them by hundreds, the first one avoided delivering more details, including malicious software, which was removed from the download channel.

Although the companies that own the social networks avoided mentioning specific applications, US media pointed out that at least two of those affected could be the Giant Square and Photofy photo editing programs, El Diario determined.

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