Facebook on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against oneAudience data intelligence firm over a tactic it used to gather information about users of social media platforms.
New Jersey-based oneAudience paid software makers to install “malicious” software in their apps in order to “improperly” collect data about people at Facebook and other social media sites, Facebook said.
“Security researchers first flagged oneAudience’s behavior to us as part of our data abuse bounty program,” director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said in a blog post.
“Facebook, and other affected companies, then took enforcement measures against oneAudience.”
Measures taken by Facebook late last year included disabling apps; sending oneAudience legal notification to stop the activity, according to the social network.