Political ad men are dodging Facebook's new privacy rules

Olive Hawkins
April 16, 2018

It's a proposal that is winning favour among technologists. 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. The questions posed by the senators, both Democrats and Republicans, focused on the security of the social media platform and how best users could protect their privacy. Cruise Planners uses Facebook to market on behalf of its agents, but Fee said that's only a slice of its larger marketing plan. As was seeing co-workers deep-dive to discover whether their Facebook lives have been shared with Cambridge Analytica or other dementors buried within the recesses of the internet - in yet another reminder of how it's always the hidden dangers that feed on our pursuit of happiness.

"When people come in, most of the time a friend told them about it", she said.

Born in NY, the computer programmer shot to notoriety after building a social network with his buddies at Harvard University that grew to eclipse all others in the West, and in the process he has gained a reputation for a ruthlessness not uncommon among titans of industry. While Facebook supplied the user data, firms like like Acxiom and Experian collected data from a slew of outside sources like voter rolls, credit-score data, loyalty cards, property records and consumer surveys.

That's because the core function of Facebook - connecting people - is something that can be done elsewhere without having to pay.

"That tells me they are at least paying lip service to consumer (concerns)", he said. The company can also track people almost everywhere they go online, and it can see what apps people have installed on their phones.

A recently released poll from shows that the public is rapidly losing faith in Facebook following recent revelations that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica used the social media platform to gain access to the personal data of 50 million users.

According to the law, organisations will be held accountable for the personal data they collect from people. "If you're Gen-Z, you really don't care". We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.

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"Because of the high visibility of our company, our compensation & governance committee has authorized an "overall security program" for Mr. Zuckerberg to address safety concerns due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, Chairman, and CEO", the statement said. To put that in context, Facebook could theoretically owe $8 billion for one single day of a violation affecting all of its American users.

The friend had his own social media enterprise in the very early days of Facebook when Zuckerberg took him for a walk in the woods - something he liked to do for business meetings - and offered the chance to collaborate.

In a report from The Wall Street Journal (via Engadget), it seems that Facebook users for the most part haven't changed their privacy settings in any meaningful ways. There was one ad category they had, which was a person who likes to pretend to text in awkward situations.

Then there are the technical challenges.

"You have to be everywhere, almost", Fee said. "This would apply to other services beyond Facebook because, as mentioned, it is standard to how the internet works". While she still advertises traditionally to cover her bases, she started focusing on building her business with Facebook.

Kennedy said one obstacle to protections is social media outlets such as Facebook do not fit neatly into the traditional types of industries Congress normally regulates. From there, Facebook prompts the user to begin gathering the archived information, which will be sent to an email associated with the Facebook account.

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