Kennedy: Unanswered questions in Facebook privacy issue

16 April, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Jason Torres
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The physical presence (in Zurich) of Internet giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft means that they are already adequately taxed here, Maurer said. Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also disturbed by Zuckerberg's comments.

He said users should think twice before giving apps access to their Facebook accounts.

In some cases, the developers who design apps that collect user data aren't fully aware of how it is ultimately being disseminated, according to Mr Hardy.

Zuckerberg responded by saying: "I think everyone should have control over how their information is used".

Critics said that Zuckerberg has not said enough about the extent and use of the data. Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg patiently explained his platform to occasionally befuddled USA lawmakers without making any promises to overhaul it in the face of regulation, in a marathon two-day Congressional hearing to address the social media giant's use and potential misuse of personal data.

Facebook is under fire for a privacy breach affecting more than 87 million users, and regulations affecting all users could be on the way. Cheap flights to Las Vegas, she gave as an example, could be offered to people when their Facebook activity indicated they were entering a manic phase and might be more easily induced to make a rash purchase. "Now that advertisers are realising they can use this information, they are getting more aggressive about how they use it".

Some in the industry believe the developments at Facebook will lead to new regulation. As of December, Facebook reported an average of 1.4 billion daily active users and 2.1 billion monthly active users. The data obtained by Kogan was then sold to Cambridge Analytic. "They don't want ads that don't relate to them", she said.

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"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. Zuckerberg said everyone who uses Facebook consents to what they agree to share, and has complete control of it.

Problems like the one at Facebook are far from new, according to Seth Hardy, director of security research at Appthority, a mobile security firm based in San Francisco.

"I think there is some cause for concern but rest assured that the U.S. will not allow Facebook to fail for the simple reason that Facebook is one of their success stories. The one I am looking after is the Indonesian people", said Minister Rudiantara at the Sam Ratulangi University in Manado on Friday, April 13, 2018. "They just got caught", said Eric Cole, chief executive of Secure Anchor Consulting, a cybersecurity consulting firm in Ashburn, Virginia that serves enterprise companies.

Facebook also committed to making it easier for users to access the data shared with the platform by downloading a secure copy and moving it to another service.

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The main reason Facebook denied so numerous data requests, according to Federal Police spokeswoman Lulzana Musliu, was that some acts that are deemed to be offenses in Switzerland are not so in the U.S., where Facebook is headquartered.

Instead, his and his staff's recent conversations with Facebook employees have been business as usual - little more than routine discussions about "pulling data" to better target ads, he said.

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