Consumer Watch: A privacy checkup for Facebook security

17 April, 2018, 10:15 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Consumer Watch: A privacy checkup for Facebook security

Even if you've never signed up for Facebook, the company might still have a file on you, gathered through uploaded contact lists, photos, or other sources.When someone you know joins Facebook, the social network can find traces of you in the email/phone contacts, for example.

Earlier this week, The Interceptor, based on the confidential documents obtained, exposed Facebook's secret new advertising service that leverages artificial AI to predict user behavior.

Pal Steigan: I think that he was left off the hook because the senators and Congress people, they don't really understand social media and he had very light game during his job there, and I also think that the senators really didn't want to go into the depth of what Facebook is because that goes to the heart of the American information and security system.

In case you're wondering why Zuckerberg didn't top him, that's because Facebook does not classify Zuckerberg's security program as a perquisite for his benefit. Have you made any major changes to your Facebook's privacy settings following the hoo-ha?

California-based technology giant Facebook must build data centers in the Philippines given its large volume of users in the country, according to a government official. Information collected to make such determinations included race, religion and political affiliation, among other things. Castor asked Zuckerberg two yes-or-no questions that he was forced to admit to: that Facebook collects data on non-Facebook users on every website that has a "like" or "share" button. Now it restricts apps from accessing users' personal data if the app has not been used by them for more than three months.

Facebook is running similar initiatives in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and the US.

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Facebook's new capability in predicting user behavior came from its AI-powered prediction engines called "FBLearner Flow".

Facebook does offer a handy link that allows a quick adjustment to your account settings.

By now I think we've all heard that Facebook was hacked by a tech genius who worked for Cambridge Analytica, which is almost always called a "Trump affiliated company", and they did this to steal 50 million user profiles which they then used to help Trump and the British Brexit campaign to psychologically manipulate voters through targeted ads. Rep. Castor also drew attention to Facebook's harvesting of medical data on non-users, another point Zuckerberg was forced to concede. The Facebook boss did not side with Luján on the proposal, and Friday he said he doesn't plan to design such tool for people who don't have a Facebook account.

Zuckerberg has stated his willingness to comply with GDPR for its European users but has stopped short of guaranteeing similar protections for users in the USA and elsewhere.

He said it was very vital to keep Facebook data private as it might be leaked out just like what happened recently on the platform, where data of over 50 million profiles were leaked to a consulting firm.

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