Facebook has been in the news for several data leaks. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal involved the manipulation of 87 million users. Most of these data privacy scandals occurred due to the third-party app on Facebook. The new app review system introduced by Facebook aims to put a clamp on the third-party tools.
The platform already has an App Review submission process. The process includes a manual review of the code by a Facebook representative. The app review process is a preliminary stage of ensuring that the app features work in exactly the same manner as submitted by the developer.
Facebook is now introducing a new annual process for developers called ‘Data Use Checkup’. The process is designed to check whether the developer ensures API access and data use to comply with the platform policy. Developers have to justify their intended use of certain API permissions.
In an official post, Facebook said, “We will enroll a small set of apps into Data Use Checkup, ensuring developers have a positive experience with this new integrity measure. If your app is enrolled, you will receive information via a developer alert and banner on the App Dashboard. Assign an app admin for each app within your organization by going to “Roles” in your App Dashboard. Any app admin will be able to complete the Data Use Checkup, so they should be in a position of authority to act on behalf of your organization.”
The tool is currently in an early stage of testing. Facebook plans to roll out the Data Use Checkup for developers soon. Developers will have to start with updating their contact information to ensure that they receive timely alerts and notifications.