Thursday, 19 July, 2018

India Seeks Written Commitment From Facebook That It Won't Leak Voters' Data

MP raises possibility of EU-style privacy regulation in light of Facebook's 'cavalier attitude' Audit Cleared Facebook's Privacy Practices Despite Cambridge Analytica Leak
Beatrice Douglas | 22 April, 2018, 05:56

Earlier this week, Facebook said in a statement that it was "committed to improving the way we protect people's information, and to providing a safe and secure experience for the more than 115 million Indonesians on Facebook".

On April 11, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint session of the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.

"It disturbs me that some of my information may have helped Donald Trump become president, even if I was only one of 87 million", West said.

Either of the above examples is enough to seriously question the general disposition and integrity of the social media juggernaut.

Facebook's attempt to limit fallout from a massive data breach hit trouble in Germany on Friday as a privacy watchdog opened a case against the social network and politicians accused its bosses of evasion.

Kaiser specifies that she "never handled Cambridge Analytica's data models or any significant datasets" and the research was done before her time. The agency is looking at whether Facebook has engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to consumers. To put that in context, Facebook could theoretically owe $8 billion for one single day violation affecting all of its American users, or about half of the profit that the company booked for all of a year ago. Such a fine, if imposed, would only be a pinprick for Facebook, which recorded revenues of more than $40 billion past year.


These communities can not be satiated with an apology, but rather require a clear and thorough plan of defensive and offensive action. Sixty-six per cent view it as a media company that prioritises some types of content over others, with 55% believing there to be evidence of political bias and censorship in its results - a view that's more prevalent (70%) among Republicans. It was providing a gold mine for the candidates who use it. "I just deleted them because I'm clearly not using them".

Second, they should also be more aggressive on the defensive front, removing the burden of reporting hate speech from the user and instead placing it on themselves. "We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens".

Seeking to contain the fallout, Facebook has said it would only allow authorised advertisers to run electoral ads and that these should be clearly labelled.

This is an issue brought up on day two of Zuckerberg's hearing, when Rep. G.K. Butterfield mentioned that the company's Black representation has only risen from 2 percent to 3 percent.

Lastly, in a clear and concise manner, users should be made aware of their privacy terms, including instances when their information will be shared and how the information will be used.

That Facebook app was created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it.

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