In case you were not aware, last month it was revealed that a ‘data leak’ by Facebook to Cambridge Analytica allowed them to create voter profiles. The Data Cambridge Analytica collected that was partially viewed by The Times included details on users’ identities, friends, and likes. Most of these users had not agreed to release their information to the third party.
It has recently come out that rather than the 50 million people affected by this the number is more like 87 million. Yes, 87 million people may have had their data shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election. They claim to be making those who may have had their information shared aware in the days to come.
Facebook has since released a quite lengthy document going over what they intend to do to protect our data in the future. It also mentioned how their search and recovery system had been open to abuse by anyone who already had some information about a person. This left many people vulnerable until recently. The company says that it will be limiting the types of data that can be harvested by businesses outside of their own, this meaning we will have to give some apps permission to do things of the sort.
The Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating whether or not Facebook violated a 2011 agreement to protect its user’s privacy. Zuckerberg himself is actually scheduled to go before the Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees on Tuesday and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday (April 11th) in regards to how the company handles sensitive user data.
Senator Chuck Grassley of the Judiciary Committee told NYTimes as follows:
“With all of the data exchanged over Facebook and other platforms, users deserve to know how their information is shared and secured.”
What exactly could this mean for Facebook? Well, at the moment we aren’t quite sure. While Zuckerberg admits he made a mistake, he claims moving forward and overcoming this mistake is what he intends to do.
I for one am not quite convinced things like this will not happen again. This is going to be quite the task to overcome regardless. What do you think will come of all of this?
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