As a part of its effort to show that it is modified its methods following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Fb has introduced a Data Abuse Bounty – a money payment for anybody who can level the finger of blame at different apps developer misusing private info.
The brand new reward is very similar to Fb’s present Bug Bounty Programwhich offers money and kudos to consultants who report potential safety vulnerabilities and provides the corporate time to repair them earlier than telling anybody else.
To report information abuse, you may want first-hand data and proof of the developer’s wrongdoing. This might contain sending information to different firms that intend to promote it (we’re you, CA), utilizing it for political affect, or plain outdated scamming.
How a lot?
There isn’t any set restrict on the amount of money out there, however the bounty will depend upon the potential influence of the abuse. Contemplating the Cambridge Analytica scandal affected as many as 87 million users and Fb is now dealing with a class action lawsuitthat may very well be a hefty sum.
For reference, vulnerabilities reported via the Bug Bounty Program have earned their finders as much as US$40,000 (about £30,000, AU$50,000).
In his first statement because the CA scandal broke, Fb’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated the corporate could be specializing in figuring out some other firms which were doing the identical factor.
“We’re doing a set of issues to limit the quantity of entry that builders can get going ahead,” he stated, “however the different [thing] is that we have to ensure that there aren’t some other Cambridge Analyticas on the market, or people who’ve improperly accessed information.”
Fb itself has tightened approval for third-party apps and restricted the quantity of knowledge they will entry, however that is the primary time it is reached out to customers straight to assist shore up its efforts.