The Outrage Over Facebook's New Data Policy

25 March 2018, 01:00 | Isaac Mcdaniel

The Outrage Over Facebook's New Data Policy

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Users affected by apps that have misused their data will be informed.

Analysts have raised concerns that the incident will reduce user engagement with Facebook, potentially lessening its clout with advertisers.

Cambridge Analytica later obtained information from the app for about 50 million Facebook users, as the app also vacuumed up data on people's friends - including those who never downloaded the app or gave explicit consent. But instead of doing a complete audit to confirm Cambridge Analytica has destroyed all of the data, Facebook company was satisfied by a legal certification.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you", he said Wednesday.

In an interview with Recode, Zuckerberg said he was open to testifying before Congress on the matter "if I'm the right [person]". "And whether people delete their app over it or just don't feel good about using Facebook, that's a big issue that I think we have a responsibility to rectify".

Meanwhile, published reports indicate that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saved millions of dollars by selling his stock ahead of Monday's decline.

However, even in this case, people may not have fully understood what they were signing-up for when, say, taking a quiz on Facebook.

On Thursday, Israel's privacy protection agency said it had informed Facebook of a probe into the Cambridge Analytica revelations, and was looking into "the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis".

Cambridge Analytica’s ‘office’ is actually a house in a gated residential area. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain
The Outrage Over Facebook's New Data Policy

Another thing you may not know: People on Facebook who can see your information can bring it with them when they use apps such as games.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shared Zuckerberg's post and added a comment: "We know that this was a major violation of peoples' trust, and I deeply regret that we didn't do enough to deal with it". The information was later transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook's policies, Facebook has said. But, this does not imply that your Facebook account can be hacked or is secure.

The Facebook Text Delight Animations is mainly because some of the users have updated their Facebook app or Internet browser and that's why they can see the coloured text or animations, while others still using the old version that doesn't support Text Delight feature cannot see it.

It is thought that the information of around 50 million people was harvested using the app, and used to influence politics in the USA and the UK.

Ryan Eldridge of Nerds on Call spoke with KTVU about what happened in Facebook's massive data breach and how to best protect your personal data. If you haven't used an app in three months, its access will automatically be removed. Zuckerberg clarified that his company needs to up its game if it plans to match up to the efforts of Russian Federation and other governments in being more sophisticated in election interference.

From the Instagram photo, it's clear that Zuckerberg takes his own personal privacy very seriously.

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