Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Facebook admits data failings as chiefs face questions from TDs

Facebook admits data failings as chiefs face questions from TDs

By now I think we've all heard that Facebook was hacked by a tech genius who worked for Cambridge Analytica, which is almost always called a "Trump affiliated company", and they did this to steal 50 million user profiles which they then used to help Trump and the British Brexit campaign to psychologically manipulate voters through targeted ads.

For many, this information was collected through a third-party quiz application connected to Facebook.

Concern about Facebook Inc's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. "(College students) are absolutely impacted by this". Senator Dianne Feinstein asked why Cambridge Analytica was not denounced and dumped years ago when Facebook discovered it had misused the platform. Although it's no longer the peak social hub that it used to be, people use the site to tag their friends in memes or amusing posts, and to share photos.

It will then tell you if your data was shared or not.

At a minimum, "Facebook is going to have to think about ways to structure their technology to give that proper notice", said Woodrow Hartzog, a Northeastern University professor of law and computer science.

Mr Lawless's bill would compel social media and internet companies to identify the authors and purchasers of political advertising.

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Facebook often installs cookies on non-users' browsers if they visit sites with Facebook "like" and "share" buttons, whether or not a person pushes a button.

Wen said that, although he believes that the Facebook boycott wasn't successful, its intention was reasonable. If I were to ditch Facebook for the privacy issues that actually exist (as opposed to the ones that most of the press is making up) then I would have to also delete pretty much every app on my smartphone, and then drop that smartphone in the trash.

Summers suggests that users take extra steps to protect their data so they can understand what information Facebook collects.

The company said it does not use the data to target ads, except those inviting people to join Facebook. He also said users should check their settings to see what apps are accessing their data. "It's not clear what Facebook is doing with that information", said Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington advocacy group. Analytica, the data mining firm, has been blamed of getting personal data of more than millions of Facebook consumers unlawfully to manipulate polls in various nations.

"On the whole, I don't think that the proposal is likely to give rise to constitutional, ECHR, or European Union difficulties", parliamentary legal adviser David O'Neill has advised the committee. "Knowing what we know now, we should have handled a lot of things differently".

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