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Zuckerberg testimony undermines Facebook stance in terrorism case

17 Avril 2018

The data leaks and information harvesting are typically confined to the United States, though Australian authorities have begun investigating more than 310,000 people who may be victims of the Cambridge Analytica privacy breach.

Users wanting to know whether their data has been accessed will need to rely on Facebook to tell them.

Facebook is trying to demystify the ways in which it tracks people when they aren't directly using the website or app. But Illinois's Biometric Information Privacy Act (B.I.P.A.), which was signed into law in 2008, requires that companies notify people when their biometric data is being collected, and get their permission to do so.

"Cookies and device identifiers help us determine whether the person uses Facebook". "It's not clear what Facebook is doing with that information", said Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington advocacy group. This possibility was not lost on Donato, who stated in his ruling that damages could "amount to billions of dollars".

Baser said ad preferences can also be set to prevent specific advertisers from showing ads on Facebook. Americans are asking for a public dialogue about the purposes for which Facebook uses their personal data; but a meaningful conversation can not happen until users also understand the sources from which their data is gleaned and the specific data - which characteristics, attributes, labels, or categories of data points - are being collected and utilized.

"One of those being that everyone globally on their Facebook page will see an alert leading them to the apps setting where they can review the apps they have allowed to access their data".

The report further suggests that Baser has revealed that the social media giant receives data from the third-party apps and services even if a user is not logged in their Facebook account, or doesn't have an account altogether. And now, Facebook has come out with a detailed response to relevant questions about the information the company receives from other websites and apps, how Facebook uses that data, and the options users have.

If you want to strap a parachute to your body and throw yourself out of a plane, you have to do some paperwork first.

The filing also quoted Zuckerberg's testimony that Facebook had a responsibility to ensure that its tools were "used for good", and that "terrorist propaganda" qualified as "clearly bad activity" that should be reduced.

Most of this isn't new information, but it's part of Facebook's initiative to be more transparent with the government and its users about how the data it collects is shared.

In other words, unless every site on the internet and all apps suddenly stopped using Facebook's services, there's no escape from the company, even if you go ahead and delete your Facebook account. The better their demographic knowledge of you, the better to personalize ads sent to you.

Following the fallout from the recent scandal, Facebook is making changes behind the scenes to help boost users' privacy protection.

Zuckerberg testimony undermines Facebook stance in terrorism case