Public trust in Facebook nosedives after Cambridge Analytical scandal
Apr 21 2018
While Facebook under United States law may have not been able to refuse such requests, the information being collected from us is in the hands of external agencies and governments.
The distinction lies there-what Cambridge Analytica did with the data they acquired was to target users more prone to sharing certain kinds of news, what the "news" sources did was to supply the kind of misinformation that swings those targeted users' opinions. Instead they will be governed by more lenient U.S. privacy laws, said Michael Veale, a technology policy researcher at University College London; Facebook will have more leeway in how it handles data about those users, he said. Facebook is not just a communication medium but a platform to collect data, and has been from the start.
In addition to these announcements, Facebook is also changing how it governs the data of its users to exempt the vast majority of them from the reach of GDPR regulations, according to a Reuters report.
If banks can effectively educate their customers about these topics - and earn their trust when it comes to online privacy and security - they'll be succeeding where tech giants like Facebook and Google have clearly failed. We can't control what we don't know is happening. Other governments are trying the same, striking deals to allow Facebook into their countries so longs as the data can be shared. Quitting Facebook doesn't remove "you" or your information from Facebook's shadow profiles, or from the various third parties that have already collected and aggregated it. Facebook's repeated reassurances that "users can control their data" are empty.
A last-minute change makes it so Facebook doesn't have to protect the privacy of 1.5 billion users under strict European laws. In a prepared statement, Zuckerberg apologized for his company not doing enough to prevent tools from gathering its users' private information. Instead he offered only an insubstantial "I'm sorry".
It's worth noting that not everything Facebook announced is exactly new. The diplomat said that this issue is too important and advised Zuckerburg to accept the invitation. Furthermore, there have been calls to have the ability to correct false user information that may hinder one's ability to secure gainful employment, insurance, housing, or credit opportunities. The revelation was detailed by David Baser, the site's production management director, in a blog post on April 16. "Members should enact comprehensive privacy legislation to ensure that consumer rights are protected".
"We've seen intent for Facebook to tighten up access to data and access to personal information in their platform", says Prince George - Peace River - Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who also sits as chair of the committee.
Congress is considering a bipartisan bill, the Honest Ads Act, that would require disclosures for online political ads. "They must also take proactive steps, including auditing and facilitation independent research, to assess and protect against ad discrimination outside of these contexts".