May 15, 2018
Three million Facebook users had their most intimate details exposed as a new data protection scandal hits the social media platform.
In the latest of a string of security breaches, a report from New Scientist has revealed a popular personality app insufficiently protected the ‘anonymous’ data of participants.
The quiz, called myPersonality, collected highly sensitive data, including psychometric test results that revealed how neurotic or extrovert an individual was.
The investigation found the information was poorly protected for four years and gaining access to was relatively easy.
myPersonality has now been suspended as one of 200 apps Facebook has removed from its social media platform.
Run by the University of Cambridge, the myPersonality site was founded in 2007 and allowed users to take real psychometric tests and obtain their results instantly.
The leaked information gave access to the ‘Big Five’ personality scores of 3.1 million users.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:26 am