Facebook sending users privacy notification after data breach

by Garry Watts April 10, 2018, 19:01
Facebook sending users privacy notification after data breach

It comes as the Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner officially launched an investigation into the data harvesting and whether Facebook has breached privacy laws.

More than 70 million of the affected users are in the U.S., but more than 300,000 Australian users had their personal information exposed too.

The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly. A few scholars say Facebook has so much influence over media and society that the USA government should consider taming its dominance by forcing it to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp or other businesses.

However, there was no evidence that any of the 87m thought to have been affected received a message.

This question is perhaps the most important one for Facebook's users, some of whom are unfriending or considering ending their relationship with the Silicon Valley company over the recent revelations. The company is now informing users if their data has been compromised in Cambridge Analytica breach or not.

In many ways, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are like the wild west.

It wasn't until mid-March that the story really blew up after reports by the New York Times and the United Kingdom -based Observer.

It'll appear at the top of your Facebook newsfeed.

The prepared remarks did not reveal new information.

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Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook's logo appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square, on March 29, 2018. He also notes that Facebook used new artificial intelligence tools to detect and remove fake Macedonian accounts during the 2017 special election Senate race in Alabama.

Last week, consumer groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook's use of facial recognition, saying it violates the company's 2011 privacy consent decree with the FTC.

But given all the damage already done and the past lack of disclosure, can we still trust Facebook to protect our privacy? On April 4, the company announced new technical changes created to close loopholes that allowed third parties overbroad access to user data.

It took Facebook until September 2017, 10 months after the election, to go public with its first findings on the Russian meddling, which it says appeared in the news feeds of 126 million customers - equal to almost half the adult population of the United States. Here are five questions that could shed more light on Facebook's privacy practices and the degree to which it is really sorry about playing fast and loose with user data - or just because its practices have drawn the spotlight.

Russian election interference will also come up. Moreover, Facebook says it will not have approval over the research topics or findings.

In the statement, Zuckerberg addresses Russian election interference and acknowledges, as he has in the past, that the company was too slow to respond and that it's "working hard to get better". Zuckerberg was also scheduled to meet with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., ahead of today's hearing.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat on the energy and commerce committee, wrote in an op-ed that she expected Mr. Zuckerberg to provide a "detailed accounting" of how personal information was ultimately shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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