Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Audit Approved of Facebook Policies, Even After Cambridge Analytica Leak

Audit Approved of Facebook Policies, Even After Cambridge Analytica Leak

Oh, and in case you missed the hubbub that basically forced Zuckerberg to testify for two days before Congress, Facebook also patented systems to make it easier to access user data for third-party applications, which may be exactly how Cambridge Analytica ended up with so much user data.

The Facebook officials appeared before a House of Commons committee on privacy and ethics in the wake of an worldwide scandal caused by Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling firm that used data from Facebook users.

For example, late a year ago, Facebook hosted Russian sponsored ads that portrayed African Americans in a less than flattering light.

It has not been revealed how the data mined by Cambridge Analytica was shared with the Russian government, although various American intelligence agencies have said that the data was used to create Russian propaganda that targeted voters with false information in an attempt to influence the presidential election. It happened because Facebook allows apps to collect data on a user's entire network of Facebook friends, and only the user interacting with the app has to give consent.

Representatives from Facebook kept their privacy settings high Thursday, sharing very little new information as they were grilled at a committee hearing about a global controversy over how the company handles user data.

Facebook made a statement following the scandal announcing that the website is dedicated to protecting people's information.

The exact number of quizzes may be moot, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already specified that all of Facebook's users should assume their data has been compromised by search vulnerabilities.

As many as 87 million users who might have had their data shared were supposed to get the detailed message on their news feeds starting Monday.

Brands should be careful about jumping on the "dump Facebook" bandwagon as Australians have largely shrugged off privacy concerns raised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a market research company claims. Sixty-six per cent view it as a media company that prioritises some types of content over others, with 55% believing there to be evidence of political bias and censorship in its results - a view that's more prevalent (70%) among Republicans.

Remember this isn't just about Facebook as Google, Uber and others also go through a similarly inadequate audit process. "On data privacy issues, Facebook promised the public one thing and did another, over and over again". It also gleans data from your interactions with Facebook friends, as well as the pages and posts you "like".

Guliani also called for Facebook to do more to combat discriminatory advertising.

Be vigilant every time you are asked to log in to apps or online services with your Facebook account. Data mining requires large databases, which is why Facebook's almost 2 billion active users is a big target of data miners.

Seeking to contain the fallout, Facebook has said it would only allow authorised advertisers to run electoral ads and that these should be clearly labelled. One lawsuit, filed April 5 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleges Facebook and Cambridge Analytica violated California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

Kaiser and other employees were later assured by the firm's management that its Facebook data had been deleted as requested.

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