U.S. regulator investigates Facebook after user data scandal

28 March, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • U.S. regulator investigates Facebook after user data scandal

This is the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle over reports it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

Company officials said on Sunday that this information is uploaded to secure servers and comes only from people who gave explicit consent to allow it.

Cambridge Analytica, a political data-mining firm, is accused of lifting data from some 50 million Facebook users to influence voters in the 2016 election which saw Donald Trump win the United States presidency.

The incident greatly undercut the public's trust in Facebook and ignited serious privacy concerns that many speculate could set off a mass exodus of users worldwide from the social network. Now, people around the world will see more news on Facebook from local sources covering their current city and other cities they may care about.

Facebook's shares fell more than 5 percent on Wall Street on Monday after the US consumer protection regulator made public the fact it is investigating the firm over the Cambridge Analytica link. The letter is expected to question Facebook's terms of service with users, its arrangements with and monitoring of third parties, and how data from users is monitored.

The Guardian further reported that "Messenger for Android" asks for permissions to read all call and SMS logs for a similar goal. One thing Facebook makes very clear as part of this post is the fact we are giving the company permission to collect the data. The rules, approved two years ago, also make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data and apply to any company that uses the data of European Union residents, no matter where it is based. Facebook claims it does not sell this data and that it was always an "opt-in" feature. A spokeswoman for the company says the information is not shared with friends or external apps and is used to "improve Facebook communication" by helping them connect with other people. If you are a Facebook Lite app user and wish to disable the opt-in feature you can head to this link.


Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is limiting the data apps receive when users sign in.

The social networking giant reportedly tracked calls and text messages on some Android devices.

Facebook declined to comment on Mundt's remarks.

In the advert, Zuckerberg said a quiz developed by a university researcher had "leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014".

The social media platform's stock value has dropped more than $70 billion since the revelations were first published. Ars Technica notes that the statement contradicts details it found from its own investigation of Facebook data downloads as well as the testimonies of Android users who provided their own data.

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