This app was downloaded by approximately 2,70,000 users using their FB credentials and explicitly granting permissions to access their profiles. It is still unclear how exactly data was used and how it influenced the US Presidential elections. More than a million people in each of the UK, Philippines and Indonesia, as well as 310,000 Australian Facebook users, may have also had their personal information harvested. This data is not sold but traded for fees from advertisers who can target audiences for specific products and services.
The data was grabbed via an app that let people take a personality quiz.
The hearings generated much heat but little light, as was predicted by Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the University of North Carolina and one of the keenest observers of Facebook and our evolving digital landscape.
Zuckerberg has defended the company in the past by insisting that Facebook is a platform and not a media company. While this week the Silicon Valley giant's stock has experience a modest recovery as its CEO appears calm and collected in front of USA lawmakers, the high-flying FAANG stock saw roughly $100 billion shaved off its market capitalization in the weeks following its latest data crisis. "I think it's those kinds of manipulation of policy messages or political messages that potentially undermined the civil discourse and the kind of nation that we started out as".
The Philippines National Privacy Commission said in a letter sent to Mark Zuckerberg on April 11; "We acknowledge the communications of your global and regional representatives made directly to our office".
Anna Eshoo (a California Democrat): "Are you willing to change your business model protect user's privacy?".
"I would not assume that it is private that it's not being collected and tracked by Facebook - it is", she said.
Regulation is a great thing because even the threat of regulation changes behaviour.
When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws. Guess he thinks nobody saw the movie "The Social Network" and the vicious big-money lawsuit he was involved in over who founded Facebook.
"To me the regulation that really solves a lot of this is the GDPR", said Mr Cole.
"We expect [the audit] to take many months". It is important to make these documents available in local language (s), easy to understand and if need be, include pictorial or graphical illustrations too.
With a few simple clicks, users can navigate to the "settings" tab and click the "download a copy of my physical data" option to being the process. The Intercept points to Facebook's public outrage over the recent Cambridge Analytica situation, in which the political consultancy is accused of using data on as many as 87m users after it was extracted from an overly-permissive - and since altered - API for third-party apps. Not all users are outraged by the fact that someone got hold of their data and used it inappropriately. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to notify users within 72 hours of any data breach. Most of these platforms rely on advertising based on user preferences and profiles.