Facebook plans Data Abuse Bounty program

Program will award people for uncovering data abuse in the same manner as bug bounties

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Facebook plans Data Abuse Bounty program Facebook has launched a program to uncover data abuse. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 15, 2018

Facebook is launching a Data Abuse Bounty to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

The company said it in a news blog post that the new bounty, which has no top limit to payments, is intended to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people's information.

The bounty program was inspired by bug bounty programs which have become a common means of finding bugs and flaws in applications.

The social media platform said it will reward 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. Bounties paid will be based on the impact of the abuse discovered.

The company said it aims to respond quickly to all reports, and promises to shut down any apps that are found to be abusing data. Facebook also said it will take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary. Users will also be notified if their data is found to have been used for illicit purposes.

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