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Facebook suspends over 400 apps that collect your data

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Facebook has banned one app and suspended over 400 more following investigations into developers and how they handled user data.

The social network said Wednesday that it had suspended the apps “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used.”

Facebook also announced that it had banned a personality-quiz app that collected information on more than 4 million people. The company said the researchers behind the app, called myPersonality, refused to allow it to conduct an audit.

It did not say that it had found evidence of data misuse, but cited concerns about how the data was handled.

Facebook declined to name the 400 apps it had suspended, the number of which has doubled since May. The company said it was now investigating them “in much greater depth.”

The suspensions are the latest example of fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that an app on Facebook had been used to amass information on 87 million people for the purpose of creating profiles of and targeting ads to potential voters.

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Facebook said it would notify all 4 million people who had used myPersonality, to warn that their data “may have been misused.” The app was suspended in April, but it hadn’t been active on the platform since 2012.

David Stillwell, one of the creators of the app, said the ban was “nonsensical and purely for PR reasons.”

“When the app was suspended three months ago I asked Facebook to explain which of their terms was broken but so far they have been unable to cite any instances,” he said in a statement.

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AFC to invest $40m in African Medical Centre of Excellence in Nigeria

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The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has committed $40 million equity investment in the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) in Abuja, Nigeria.

AFC, which is Africa’s top instrumental infrastructure solutions provider, signed the equity investment term sheet pledging the sum towards the construction of the AMCE hospital.

According to a statement by AFC President and CEO, Samaila Zubairu, the agreement will see the visionary 500-bed medical health facility currently being developed by Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), in partnership with King’s College Hospital, London (KCH), become one of the best health facilities in the continent.

Zubairu said the agreement which was signed at the inaugural AMCE African Health Forum in Abuja on Friday, will “strategically harness KCH’s unparalleled diagnostic, clinical, and capacity-building expertise and specialise in three core non-communicable diseases – oncology, cardiology, and haematology – with a commitment to world-class research, education, and development capabilities to establish itself as a leader in clinical services.”

“The AMCE initiative heralds a revolution in healthcare in West Africa. It aims to turn the tide of medical tourism away from the continent by building the first in a series of world-class medical centres of excellence in Africa, thus providing widespread access to critical health care in the region,” the AFC CEO said.

“Africa’s healthcare sector suffers a severe and alarming infrastructure gap and a shortage of qualified medical practitioners.

“We are therefore pleased to partner alongside Afreximbank and King’s College Hospital, London, on this epoch-making project that will transform healthcare in Africa and contribute to a reversal in medical tourism.

“Building a world-class facility that captures medical spend in Africa, promotes specialist skills development, retains and, most importantly, attracts healthcare practitioners in our local communities, aligns well with AFC’s import substitution strategy and we look forward to working with all partners to establish the AMCE as a beacon of medical excellence on the continent.”

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Uganda’s Diamond Trust Bank partners TerraPay for ease of global money transfers

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Leading Ugandan bank, Diamond Trust Bank Uganda (DTBU), has entered into a partnership with global cross-border payments network company, TerraPay, aimed at expanding international money transfers and strengthening financial inclusion in the country.

While announcing the strategic partnership on Friday, DTBU, a member of the Diamond Trust Bank Group, said both firms will deliver unparalleled benefits to customers worldwide with the key attributes of the partnership being the “ability to facilitate direct account deposits from any part of the world and leverage DTB’s renowned brand name to optimize advantages for customers across the globe.”

A statement by the Managing Director, Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, Varghese Thambi, noted that the partnership is poised to “significantly narrow the financial inclusion gap, streamlining the processes of money transfer, savings, and credit accessibility for individuals.”

“We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible banking experience.

“This partnership with TerraPay will allow us to offer our customers faster, more convenient, and more secure money transfers, with lower fees.

“By forging this collaboration with TerraPay, Diamond Trust Bank Uganda will witness an expansion in its customer base for international money transfers, consequently bolstering direct international investments within the nation.

“Notably, this initiative will greatly benefit customers and expatriates residing in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Kenya, Germany, Qatar, Canada, and Europe, granting them the capability to execute real-time money transfers to their loved ones in Uganda, a pivotal hub within this partnership.”

Also commenting on the partnership, Willie Kanyeki, TerraPay’s Vice President, East and South Africa, said:

“We are excited to partner with Diamond Trust Bank Uganda to expand our reach in East Africa and make it easier for people to send and receive money across borders.

“This partnership will help us achieve our goal of providing everyone with access to affordable, reliable financial services. Diamond Trust Bank Uganda is a well-respected bank with a strong track record of providing excellent customer service.

“We are confident that this partnership will be a success and will help promote financial inclusion in the region, by simplifying global money movement for both individuals and businesses, making it easier than ever to connect with loved ones and also, empower global commerce.”

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