Facebook Debuts 'Data Abuse Bounty' Offering Rewards From $500 to $40,000 for Discovering Data Breaches

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today announced the launch of a new data abuse bounty program that will see it rewarding Facebook users who discover instances of companies using unauthorized data.

    Facebook users who report companies for misusing data can receive rewards that range from $500 to $40,000 for major discoveries impacting at least 10,000 people. Companies who are discovered misusing data will have their app removed from the Facebook platform, will face a forensic audit of related systems, and could face legal action.
    The social network says the new program is designed to protect people's data on Facebook by helping identify violations of the company's policies.

    Facebook says all "legitimate reports" will be reviewed and responded to as quickly as possible. If data abuse is confirmed, the person who made the report will receive payment. Users must have first-hand knowledge of facts and cannot submit reports based on speculation.
    The new Data Abuse Bounty comes in the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook is facing, which has resulted in Facebook implementing stronger privacy policies. Cambridge Analytica used personal data acquired from Facebook in an illicit manner by a third-party app ("This is Your Digital Life") to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 election.

    Just this morning, Facebook launched an official Help center tool that lets users see if their data was harvested by the app that supplied Cambridge Analytica with info. The tool is designed to let you know if you or someone you know installed the app and what was shared with Cambridge Analytica. 87 million users were impacted.


    CEO Mark Zuckerberg is also testifying before Congress this afternoon, explaining Facebook's role in the scandal and the changes it plans to make going forward to prevent it from happening again.

    Article Link: Facebook Debuts 'Data Abuse Bounty' Offering Rewards From $500 to $40,000 for Discovering Data Breaches
  2. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Or here's an idea, do a better job at preventing companies from gathering information without the users' consent in the first place.
  3. newtestleper macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2013
    “I’ll help find other criminals if you don’t arrest me, officer!”
  4. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
  5. fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Can I turn in Facebook Messenger for Android and get the bounty? They're still recording call logs, last time I heard.
  6. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    I’m curious if Facebook profits from the data they collect about the people who don’t use Facebook. Would that count?
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I wouldn’t take money from Facebook if it was the last amount of money out there for survival purposes.

    Zuckerberg is selling a good anti-Facebook campaign with this testimony hearing even tho most senators have zuck fattening their wallet while asking softball rhetoric questions with no resolution
  8. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
  9. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    What a f*****g joke! Just delete your account. He’s already quoted as saying “dumb f****ers...people trust me...”
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    How quickly the mighty have fallen

    Savior in it :D
  11. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    This is getting embarrassing...
    $40,000 is like salary money. Why aren’t their developers doing this?
  12. dampfnudel macrumors 68040

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    There should be a bounty for Mark. His company has become the poster boy for data protection negligence. Other companies have been guilty, but FB takes it to a new, disturbing level.
  13. macsba macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2015
    Next to my Mac.
    I've been watching the facebook hearing and came to the conclusion that the management has no idea what's going on on their server.
  14. AxiomaticRubric macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2010
    On Mars, Praising the Omnissiah
    They really can’t do all of this themselves with machine learning or AI? Seriously?

    This is just a PR move to save face.
  15. Juiceboy macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    Geewhiz. Americans sure do hate facebook yet all continue to use it. I'm on team zuckerberg here. Unless they steal your CC info, what's the problem exactly?
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Pixie dust should do the trick.

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    What does this have to do with America?
  17. Mikey44 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2012
    I like how we all pretend that this isn't at all how Facebook is supposed to work anyways....

    Facebook set up the greatest data collection infrastructure known to mankind, and people didn't expect it to be abused or even used in possibly nefarious purposes?

    Even Obama's app, wasn't fully up to snuff as shown in this article here:

    And here's a bit more of what they were doing during the 2012 campaign:

    Do I think what either of them were doing was correct? No, but to pretend that it wasn't the way these types of things work? Ha.

    You are kidding yerself.
  18. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Facebook is the Blockbuster Video of social media.
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Lots of late fees?
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    sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
  21. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    Imagine if the government set up a single site asking its citizens to detail their personal histories, their social networks, their affiliations, etc. and then also asked people to use it as a primary communication tool with everyone they know. I bet most people would be pretty suspicious of their government's motives. Facebook got just about everyone to do all that, for free. People either didn't suspect Facebook's motives or they didn't want to suspect Facebook's motives. Most people I know that use FB say they feel they have no choice since it's used by pretty much everyone they know.
  22. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm assuming one cannot report FB to FB and collect the bounty?
  23. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    I believe you spelled Equifax wrong.
  24. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    My God, Facebook is going to make a fortune. They can just report on themselves repeatedly!

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