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The users argue the technology necessarily collects scans of face geometry because it uses "regions" of faces to recognize them, according to the order. If found guilty, the apps will be permanently banned.

"This type of data is very powerful and there is real potential for misuse", Chris Sumner at the Online Privacy Foundation, told New Scientist.

Ime Archibong, Facebook VP of Product Partnerships, said the company's employees had, so far, audited thousands of apps that had access to large amounts of user data prior to 2014, when the company changed its developer policies and significantly reduced the quantity of data apps had access to.

The personal information was shared through a Facebook app, "This is your digital life", which about 300,000 people downloaded during the two years it was available, the company has said. Facebook allows some academic researchers to access user data, but says it does not allow that information to be accessed by commercial companies.

Apparently, around 200 Facebook apps out of "thousands" have made it to a point in the second phase, as those unnamed apps have been suspended "pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data".

Archibong wrote that the social media company has a vast team working on the investigation. "There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time". While researchers from commercial companies could access the data, they were forced to agree to strict data protection policies.

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"Make sure that you do go into your Facebook setting or even your Google settings and set them just to keep stuff private from the community", he said.

The revelation no doubt caused great concern for users who by the way are still in shock over the uproar caused by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Following the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal and criticism, Facebook is slowly attempting to clean up its act. Their actions affected 87 million users. Facebook wants to know which ones misrepresented how it would be used.

David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski, who worked at the University of Cambridge's Psychometrics Center, handled the data.

So let's say a user wants to find out whether myPersonality had access to their information.

Zuckerberg also defended his colleague, Sheryl Sandberg's comments on paying Facebook for privacy. More than 6 million people completed the test and around half of them agreed to share data from their profiles.