Help to break Facebook's grip on data, peers urge Whitehall

Mae Love
April 17, 2018

Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also concerned over Zuckerberg's comments.

We're not sure why that is, it could be that there are some users who still don't know what these settings do, or maybe some just simply do not care, but what do you guys think?

According to Tech Crunch, the changes are focused on centralising a variety of controls that were previously located in other places. One of the big changes includes giving users more control on what apps are accessing their personal data and making it easier to revoke them, if they prefer to do so.

When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account.

But last week, when he was testifying before both houses of Congress because of the seriousness of the situation, the human face of Facebook didn't anticipate that senators and congressmen would have questions about his company complying with an FTC order from 2011 regarding Facebook user privacy. Facebook had also launched a "Data Abuse Bounty" programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers.

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The St. Petersburg-based #Internet Research Agency has been accused of cyber meddling in the 2016 presidential election [VIDEO] and numbers have surfaced that supposed as many as 146 million Facebook users have received information from them. "But of course we can do more to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have".

"I feel uncomfortable (using Facebook), but that feeling actually encourages me to be careful about what personal information I put on social media", said Dylan Wen, a freshman communication studies major. Users who allowed the app to access their information also shared their Facebook friends' data with Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg, for instance, said the collection was done for security purposes, without explaining further or saying whether it was also used for measurement or analytics, Gillmor said, adding that Facebook had a business incentive to use the non-user data to target ads. Another way to say that is, there was nothing done wrongly at all and every user accepted that their contacts and data would be harvested. Ben Luján that the social media giant is harvesting "data of people who have not signed up for Facebook" for security reasons. She said she encourages Facebook users to start demanding more regulations.

Since the average length of a Facebook update is 11 words you can see that the results of this "psychological manipulation" test were tiny.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President in charge of digital issues will meet with Zuckerberg on Tuesday, as well as meeting with Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, to discuss issues such as data protection, online privacy, illegal content and fake news. Now it restricts apps from accessing users' personal data if the app has not been used by them for more than three months.

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