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Facebook begins blocking apps from accessing user data after 90 days of non-use

Facebook begins blocking apps from accessing user data after 90 days of non-use
From TechCrunch - April 10, 2018

Facebookhas rolled out a change that limits apps ability to access users data. The change comes hours before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergs testimony before Congresswhere its expected he will have to answer questions about how the company handles its users personal information, in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw the personal data of 87 million Facebook users compromised.

Among many other new restrictions to its API platform announced last week, Facebook said that it would soon introduce a stricter review process for use of Facebook Login for apps, and it would block apps from pulling users personal data after three months of non-use.

Now, that change to apps ability to access user data has begun to roll out, Facebook says.

All Facebook platform apps wont be affected immediatelythe change will roll out gradually over the weeks ahead. Between April 9 and April 21, tokens for the users who have not actively logged into a developers app and granted consent to permissions in the last 90 days will expire, Facebook says.

Facebook suggests that app publishers monitor their app for any issues that may occur as a result. Apps may run into issues with regard to the expired tokens, and will need to make sure theyve designed their app to either re-prompt the user to login again with Facebook, or show an optional user interface which allows the app to refresh its access to users Facebook data with consent.

The apps will have to send users through the Facebook Login process every 90 days, and the person logging in has to agree to the data permissions by tapping Continue, Facebook explains in its announcement.

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