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16 April 2018, 10:04 | Opal Carroll

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Earlier this week, Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed after facing hours of questioning from USA lawmakers on how the personal information of several million Facebook users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

These hearings were about what most things in Congress are usually about: power and money. Sandberg objected: "We are not sweeping data".

Facebook spent $7.3 million on security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017.

Some form of legislation is necessary, Blumenthal said.

"No", was Mr. Zuckerberg's predictable response to both queries.

For the time being, how about we envision that Ali is the first of his companions to join Facebook. "And unless there are specific rules and requirements enforced by an outside agency, I have no assurance that these kinds of vague commitments are going to produce action".

"Coming out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal as it were, I don't think it is as sinister as the media and the congress and the senate in the United States are portraying it to be".

Like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the new agency's central goal would be to represent the rights of consumers. In an effort to make amends the company is contacting the 87 million users whose data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, the outfit that has come under fire over the way its business operates and the ways in which it has used data to manipulate voters in elections around the world. But he also flubbed simple factual questions about the consent decree.

Facebook will never self-regulate for privacy.

USA tech firms are going through a moment of reckoning in the wake of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's grilling by United States lawmakers on the social network's privacy and data practices, according to industry experts. We must stop being Facebook's product and become Facebook's consumer. Facebook is simply the one among many companies that follow the similar strategy of tracking the users.

Zuckerberg was asked about that topic again this week by several members of Congress Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Concerns over Facebook potentially sharing users' direct messages with external agents were previously raised by data journalist and researcher Jonathan Albright who, in a March 20 blog post, suggested that Facebook's application programming interface (API) was capable of collecting user data for years. It is also possible for attackers to use stored data, he adds.

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, recently noted that the public scrutiny of Facebook is "very much overdue", declaring that "it's shocking to me that they didn't have to answer more of these questions earlier on".

Some Senators turned towards the European data protection initiative, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for inspiration.

"Privacy can not be based just on company policies, whether it's Facebook or any other company". (I couldn't figure out how to do the latter, and I write about technology for a living.) Zuckerberg says he's giving users control, but he's giving them the illusion of control. The recent scandal, however, has opened the public's eyes to the threat that inaction poses to democracy itself.

This also showed when the politicians asked Zuckerberg's help in drafting new laws and regulations.

"Senator, we run ads", Zuckerberg said patiently. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), but was not a major topic of discussion, perhaps since Zuckerberg had already endorsed the idea. The US is still far away from any comprehensive regulation; and with Zuckerberg wriggling out, we will probably have to bear FB for some more time in its present form.

Zuckerberg repeatedly assured lawmakers that he believed Facebook is in compliance with that 2011 agreement.

It's unsettling to know all that information is on the internet.

BROWSER stands for Balancing the Rights Of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly.

Amid Zuckerberg's congressional declaration he asserted to be ignorant of what are known as "shadow profiles".



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