The Wall Street Journal: Zuckerberg says audits of Facebook apps won’t solve everything

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Facebook Inc.’s investigation into outsiders’ handling of its users’ information will help identify and deter bad actors but won’t be able to uncover where all the data ended up and how it is being deployed, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.

Facebook FB, -2.66%   will examine tens of thousands of apps that collected large amounts of user data, an effort that may cost “many millions of dollars,” Zuckerberg said in an interview.

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Facebook will dispatch auditors to analyze the servers of developers who scooped up a suspicious amount of data and interrogate them about their business practices. It isn’t clear how many apps will need audits — which Facebook expects will be most expensive part of the process — and Facebook still doesn’t know whether its investigation will take a matter of months or longer to complete, Zuckerberg said.

“Like any security precaution, it’s not that this is a bulletproof solve,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s not that any process by itself is ever going to find every single thing,” but it will be a strong deterrent to stop developers who are “doing bad things” and help Facebook track down what users’ data was mishandled, he added.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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