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Cambridge Analytica may have accessed some Facebook users' messages

Cambridge Analytica may have accessed some Facebook users' messages
From TechCrunch - April 10, 2018

The app permissions that led to 87 million Facebookusers data being harvested and sold to Cambridge Analytica may have also allowed access to those users inboxes, the company confirmed today. This wasnt achieved by any underhanded means, exactly, but people might not have realized that they were granting permission to read and record their private messages as well as more public data like location and interests.

That messages may have been collected by CA was revealed first by Facebook itself as part of its warning issued to the 87 million users in question. A small number of people who logged into This Is Your Digital Life also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you, reads the warning.

Access to messages had not been previously disclosed. And, of course, if someone affected had chatted with you, then your messages would also have been collected.

The permission used to do this was called read_mailbox, though it would have been put in more everyday terms when a user was agreeing to it. The dialog box would have said something along the lines of, This app will be able to access your wall posts, friend list, contacts, messages in bullet points.

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