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Barry Lewis: Facebook and the illusion of privacy

Barry Lewis: Facebook and the illusion of privacy

Amid a revamp following the breakout of the data breach scandal involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, the social media giant announced a facelift for its "Bookmarks" section to facilitate easy access and navigation of settings. The company's policies prohibit deceptive behaviour and misuse of personal data, she said.

Was that smart? Knowing what I know now, maybe I over shared. The company's founder has stated to media that it can not promise "GDPR-style privacy protection" for USA users.

Mr Zuckerberg testified before members of the US Senate and Congress after revelations that the political consulting firm UK-based Cambridge Analytica-a data mining firm used by the Donald Trump campaign in the last election-improperly harvested data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

Mr Grassley's panel is the third USA congressional committee to seek out Mr Zuckerberg's testimony in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Associated Press reports.

However, critics have expressed skepticism.

According to the SonntagsZeitung newspaper, which wrote on Sunday on the latest Facebook transparency report for Switzerland, 253 of the 361 requests sent by authorities between 2013 and 2017 were refused by the Californian company. Inexplicably, Zuckerberg tried to say he wasn't completely sure about Facebook's data collection policies, and one of his underlings could follow up later. But it basically serves the same function, he said, adding he had just done this in recent weeks for a client.

"When you use Google, you're nearly always signalling some direct intent - whether it's a search for a product or a place or anything else", Sperandio said. Many people construed it as confirmation of the fact that people who want privacy must expect to pay for it (going forward).

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In a series of interviews, Sandberg took responsibility for failing to ensure that Facebook operations had enough staff to protect users' privacy.

"Mobile devices really are general goal computers", said Mr Hardy.

You might wonder if anyone would share all that information. "Now that advertisers are realising they can use this information, they are getting more aggressive about how they use it". But YouTube is also one of the most popular websites among children, and it is estimated that 80% of American children in the age group of 6-12 use it. "YouTube provides how-to guides for creators making videos for kids".

If Facebook identifies malicious parties or app developers who are leaking or extracting data, it will terminate their apps from the platform. "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 are using third-party advertising libraries that are very invasive". And Google shows no signs of slowing down: it is already considered an industry leader in driverless-car development (Waymo), smart-home appliances (Nest) and artificial intelligence (through Google AI and DeepMind), all of which need user data to thrive. The GDPR, aimed at bringing stronger data protection and more data privacy for citizens of the European Union, also has implications for United States firms that have a presence there. Inside Facebook, Sandberg runs point, marshaling company resources and assembling SWAT teams to make good on promises Zuckerberg made to Congress and Facebook users.

"To me the regulation that really solves a lot of this is the GDPR", said Mr Cole.

"If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary". My hope is that people will reflect on this and say, 'Whoa! "But all these other apps and sites that get your personal data, that's another way of us losing our privacy".


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