Digital privacy misunderstood, says Halifax privacy lawyer

Digital privacy misunderstood, says Halifax privacy lawyer

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his testimony this week in Washington that there was not a "meaningful" number of people who had deleted their Facebook account following revelations that data firms were able to steal personal information from millions of users. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a Democrat from California, on Wednesday called for the creation of a digital consumer protection agency to oversee tech companies. The researcher behind the app collected data not just on those users but on their Facebook friends, too, and then passed that data on to Cambridge Analytica.

"It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", Mr Zuckerberg said, but steered away from any specifics.

A house hearing examining the company's privacy policies and the role Facebook played as Russians intervened in the 2016 election has begun.

Luckily for Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, lawmakers aren't aligned on exactly what regulation would look like, or if written laws or rules are even necessary.

"Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?" asked Sen. "It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected", Mark Zuckerberg wrote in Facebook's S-1 filing. Zuckerberg was seemingly prepared for questions on a range of issues from Cambridge Analytica to Facebook's default-privacy settings.

Zuckerberg's ignorance was presumably limited to the term and its usage rather than the concept itself, since Facebook offers non-members the ability to request their personal data.

Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure.

As on Tuesday, the questions are expected to cover a broad range of topics - from what Facebook knew about the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the degree of responsibility Facebook has over content on its platform, including disinformation.

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In 2011, a Irish privacy group sent a complaint about shadow profiling - collecting data including but not limited to email addresses, names, telephone numbers, addresses and work information - from non-members. What if you let people pay - say $7 a month - for an ad-free Facebook?

And it's good news for anyone who owns shares in Facebook, they should be happy as they will be slightly richer also.

Earlier this year, Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using U.S. aliases and politicking on USA soil. "I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them".

"Most of what I found was not at all surprising", he said. Thirty-six percent said they are very concerned about it and another 41% saying they are somewhat concerned.

Whether Facebook is a politically neutral public forum.

But the questioning from members of Congress, most of whom are old enough to be the 33-year-old Zuckerberg's grandparents, was excruciating to watch.

Facebook doesn't tell users who among their friends downloaded the quiz app, exposing their data to Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook, along with Google, Apple and Microsoft, is a tech behemoth whose operations touch nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

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