Also on Monday, a bipartisan group of attorneys-general representing 37 U.S. states wrote a joint letter to Facebook demanding answers to what led to the breach and how the company allowed it to happen. That Facebook is not going to change its stripes is obvious. It's up to you whether they pass or not.
On the other hand, however, you could make a convincing argument that this is par for the course in business.
On Monday, Facebook revealed that about 271,469 data belonging to Nigerians on Facebook, whose friends would have installed the "This is Your Digital Life" app, were exposed to the Cambridge Analytica data breach. At least on the surface. "I urged Facebook to take all the necessary steps to mitigate any potential negative consequences for the users in the future".
"We expect [the audit] to take many months". They are just not games. "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". Maybe more than I should. "And I think it's something GDPR will require us to do and it will be positive". However, if that's not what you want after all, then scroll down and disable location services on an app-by-app basis, including Facebook.
The 2011 agreement bound Facebook to a 20-year privacy commitment, and any violations of that pact could cost Facebook a ton of money, even by its flush-with-cash standards. All in all, it might be a public relations (PR) attempt that will present the platform as eager to self-regulate to stop any USA lawmakers' attempts of GDPR-like regulations in their tracks.
David Vladeck, the former director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that the penalty for each violation of the consent decree is $US40,000. One of those was from Ted Cruz, the former candidate for Republican presidential nomination. "They are already having conversations about how they cannot only make sure their current systems better protect user privacy and autonomy, but how artificially intelligence systems they are using can have ethical alignment built in by design", said Ms McEvoy.
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"Senator, we run ads", Zuckerberg said patiently.
He also admitted that FB had committed "breach of trust" but there were no guarantees forthcoming it would not happen again. But the kneejerk path to regulation is likely to be long and fraught with unintended consequences.
One of the main reasons for this is identity theft.
Sen. Lindsey Graham was the first to bring up the situation during the hearing by asking the simple question of "Who is your biggest competitor?" to Zuckerberg. Last fall, ProPublica uncovered news that Facebook was breaking the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords to advertise by race.
It also protects the right of citizens to be forgotten and allows individuals to request a copy of the personal information any company keeps on them, find out what data is being processed, and ask for explanation of how it is being used. To the extent that Facebook is only a platform, it can be easily replaced by others. The Cut, was quick to zero in on Zuckerberg's puffy undereye circles.
This includes non-members who encounter it through the ubiquitous "like" button, or by downloading Facebook-connected apps such as WhatsApp or Instagram. Graham then pointed out the purchases the company made such as Instagram.