Facebook’s Data Abuse Bounty rewards those who report app developers abusing data.
As fallout continues from the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook’s damage control campaign keeps chugging along. On the same day CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress, the embattled social network announced a new Data Abuse Bounty program to reward people for reporting third-party data misuse.
Facebook pledged to expand its bug bounty program to include data misuse a few weeks ago as part of its plan to crack down on platform abuse. The new Data Abuse Bounty program will award monetary payouts to people “with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen, or used for scams or political influence.”
There is no maximum payout, but in the past Facebook has paid out as much as $40,000 for high-impact bug reports.
“We’ll review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people’s information,” Facebook’s Head of Security Collin Greene said in a blog post. “If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary. We’ll pay the person who reported the issue, and we’ll also alert those we believe to be affected.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Facebook suspending a second third-party app developer named Cubeyou. The action came following a CNBC report about the company using the same misleading quiz tactics employed by Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook has taken several other steps recently to shore up data privacy. The company shut down its Partner Categories tool that let advertisers target users with third-party data mining, restricted Facebook app logins, and introduced a new verification process for running political ads on the platform.
You can go further by downloading your Facebook data to see what information the platform is storing on you. If you’ve had enough of Facebook altogether, there’s always the option to delete your account.