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Facebook Gets Tough on Spy Apps

March 15, 2017Media Mention
Tech News World

Facebook on Monday moved to prevent spy applications from accessing its users' data. The company has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook.

Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against devs who created and marketed surveillance tools in violation of the company's previous policy, he noted, adding that "we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply."

"There's nothing to stop law enforcement from looking as a suspect's Facebook feed, but it will stop these intermediary-type companies like Geofeedia from getting automated feeds of information," said Timothy Toohey, an attorney with Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.

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