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The Cambridge Analytica data breach also harvested people's private Facebook messages

Apple iMac Pro rear The Cambridge Analytica data breach also harvested people's private Facebook messages
Andrew Cummings | 14 April, 2018, 14:46

How can we measure data's worth?

Amid rising calls for legislation to better protect the data that social media and other Internet companies siphon off from users, Zuckerberg said he accepted that legal restrictions of some sort were in the cards - while adding a word of caution.

Facebook warned users earlier this week that people who used Kogan's app "may have" shared messages from users inboxes.

"There is a problem that you can't actually own digital information, at least under Canadian law". This information can be drawn into Facebook's vast data aggregation machine through friends or friends of friends via all kinds of channels, including the "find friends" feature that allows the app to scan mobile contacts.

For some reason shadow profiles rarely came up during the hearing the past two days but New Mexico Senator Ben Lujan had clearly done his homework.

Also, whether Facebook keeps a backup version of your data after account shutdown.

The survey research was conducted on 10,000 respondents across 10 nations in January and February, prior to recent revelations that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested personal data from up to 87 million Facebook users to create targeted political ads.

What is Facebook doing now?

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With 44 Senators asking questions, and just five minutes of time allotted for each, there was limited potential for follow-up questions to and grilling of the CEO during the testimony at Congress.

Whether Facebook is willing to change its business model in the interest of protecting privacy.

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He said the United States' response would integrate "all instruments of our power", including diplomatic and economic avenues. Just weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to end US involvement in Syria and bring American troops home to focus on the homeland.

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Sajudin's story alleged that Trump impregnated a female employee at Trump World Tower, his skyscraper near the United Nations. The FBI reportedly sought documents related to that payment earlier this week when agents raided Cohen's office.

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The survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe people care less about the Holocaust than they used to. The day remembers more than 11 million victims of the Holocaust, including 6 million Jews.

On Wednesday morning, before Mr Zuckerberg's remarks, I visited the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre and found some acknowledgement of the harm caused to the university's reputation.

- Do you trust Facebook?

"It's not enough to just connect people".

When it comes to online privacy being comprised, tech writer Alexandra Samuel said most people miss how data is collected on Facebook. In contrast to the information that users (more or less) willingly share, the vast majority of users have no idea that such data even exists. You don't know how many apps you need to audit.

Fraser said it's not clear if more regulation of social networking is necessary. Privacy controls should be easy to navigate and be available at a single click so that the user doesn't have to sift through various pages to select the desired settings.

At one point he asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook "has detailed profiles on people who have never signed up for Facebook". A user should have the choice to revoke permissions whenever they wish to. This needs to change.

Throughout the hearings, Zuckerberg repeatedly sought to dispel the notion that Facebook sells user data. Most of these platforms rely on advertising based on user preferences and profiles. People own their own data, as far as he sees it.

She suggested governments would have to look at what impact the social media companies are having on citizens and what the basic expectations are of them.

"Representative Greg Walden, Republican of OR and chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee noted, ".while Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it has not matured".

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