Quiz App on Facebook has left 120 Million Facebook Users Data Exposed

Published on July 6, 2018

Facebook has hardly out of its last political firm scandal when a new scandal has surfaced out. This scandal is about a quiz app which is now in the news for the misconduct. As per the researchers, they have discovered this third-party app which is known as NameTests which have left the data of about 120 million Facebook users which has exposed the users who have used it.


The Privacy scandal of Facebook had kicked off in March when it was revealed that the data firm which was hired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign known as Cambridge Analytica had illegally purchased the Facebook user data from a professor who was running a novelty quiz app which is known as “thisisyourdigitallife.” This violation has arisen a huge uproar among all the users for which Facebook has rolled out the changes which are big and some are small. The company has done an audit in which the company has already suspended about 200 apps in May 2018.

On Wednesday, De Ceukelaire has described that the process of reporting has a flaw and it is on the website which is behind the quiz app. This was a newly founded Data Abuse Bounty program, and De Ceukelaire has started to look at the apps with his friends on Facebook which had installed. He has elected to take this first quiz with the help of the NameTests app. He then started to trace how the data was being handled, and he noticed that the NameTest’s website was able to fetch the information. The personal data was held in a JavaScript file which could be easily be requested by any website.

After the discovery of this scandal, he has worked with the app’s developer Social Sweethearts. They have addressed the website vulnerability as he has identified that it may affect the Facebook information of people who have shared their data with the nametests.com. To keep the users on the safe side, he has revoked the access tokens for everyone on Facebook who has signed up for this app. This was done so that it will need to re-authorize the app when they want to use it again.

The investigation has also found that there was no threat to the personal data of the users who were disclosed to unauthorized third parties. This vulnerability was said to have a simple mistake, but they certainly have a visceral example about how the little oversight Facebook has used the data as it floats out to the world across thousands of apps. This is a very serious issue, as said by De Ceukelaire.

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