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Facebook CEO doesn't leave us feeling our data is safe

Facebook CEO doesn't leave us feeling our data is safe

At the end of a critical week for Facebook, one that included more than 10 hours of testimony on Capitol Hill by CEO Mark Zuckerberg about issues such as user privacy and data security, the company disclosed what it spent on a different kind of security: Its CEO's. Ben Luján that the social media giant is harvesting "data of people who have not signed up for Facebook" for security reasons.

It will also list a variety of active apps and websites if you have recently logged into them using Facebook. Zuckerberg did not respond. The Facebook boss did not side with Luján on the proposal, and Friday he said he doesn't plan to design such tool for people who don't have a Facebook account.

Critics said that Zuckerberg has not said enough about the extent and use of the data.

Facebook gets some data on non-users from people on its network, such as when a user uploads email addresses of friends. In the United States, social networks are considered public spaces; information shared there is covered under the "third-party doctrine", meaning users can not reasonably expect privacy regarding the data their service providers collect about them.

Tim Hwang, the director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI initiative, told the publication that Facebook had an ethical obligation to disclose how the technology works.

Schroepfer said most of the affected users are in the USA, and added: "We will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica". "This would apply to other services beyond Facebook because, as mentioned, it is standard to how the internet works".

"I am going to have to pay you in order not to send me, using my personal information, something that I don't want?"




The applications that are run through Facebook may seem like harmless fun, but tens of thousands of apps are being investigated for data misuse, as reported by New Scientist.

"I don't think Facebook can change too radically or they will see a loss in ad revenue", Republican media strategist Rory McShane told The Post.

"He's either deliberately misunderstanding some of the questions, or he's not clear about what's actually happening inside Facebook's operation", said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a senior staff technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. The scandal erupted a month with headlines detailing how a data data business, Cambridge Analytica, was able to crop information about 87 million people. A Facebook spokesperson declined to provide additional information. In November past year, Facebook estimated that as many as 60 million accounts, or 2 to 3 per cent of the company's 2.07 billion monthly users, were fakes. He said no. I found this amusing.

"Every time new privacy settings are put in place, we'll find new ways to innovate, ' said the GOP consultant, who asked not to be named".

However, my analysis neglected some of the psychological fallout of telling people they only get to ditch ads if they can afford it, the loss of ubiquitous reach for advertisers, and the reality of which users would cough up the cash. Lawsuits by the Department of Justice to block future acquisitions of competitors on antitrust grounds will do little to prevent Facebook from developing its own competing products and stifling the competitors' growth, as it has done with Snapchat.

The last couple of weeks have been tough for Facebook, as it reels from the public scrutiny it has received over its lackadaisical protection of personal data.


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