Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Non-users in the spotlight as Facebook privacy concern grows

Non-users in the spotlight as Facebook privacy concern grows

The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks.

Pal Steigan: The whole Russia-gate thing is an invention of the Democratic National Congress and the Democratic Party, they have since lost the need for explanation on this and Russian Federation comes very handy because it has this Cold War atmosphere in the USA and you can blame Russian Federation for nearly anything and it goes in the big media and the big media, mainstream media is cooperating on this, so I think it's just another expression of this.

According to Tech Crunch, the changes are focused on centralising a variety of controls that were previously located in other places.

"Congressman, in general, we collect data of people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes, to prevent the kind of scraping that you were just referring to", he said.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account", David Baser, a product management director, wrote in a blog post.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent ten hours in Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, facing questions and apparently came out on top.

Sarnecki suggests users to disable any apps on Facebook that they no longer use or trust by going to "Settings", and then "Apps and Websites".

Cambridge Analytica contractor Aleksandr Kogan collected direct messages from users who installed the app. Kogan told The Guardian that "private messages were only ever used for university work within his lab, for which Cambridge University ethics approval had been obtained".

Over the last few weeks, Facebook has drawn intense criticism from users and governments globally over a number of issues, ranging from false news on the platform to information of over 80 million users being mined by data analytics and political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.

While we can debate on how true that actually is, it doesn't change the fact that it is happening and that it is concerning.

Castor had a lengthy exchange with Zuckerberg about Facebook collecting everyone's data, including people who don't have Facebook. Ben Lujan, a Democrat from New Mexico, asked Zuckerberg, "How many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?" He also said users should check their settings to see what apps are accessing their data.

"We require these security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook", the filing states. He was vague about whether Facebook was a monopoly and whether it would offer an ad-free option, as well as about how the company could offer the same level of privacy protection to users around the world.

And, Florida's U.S. Democratic Senator Bill Nelson too had privacy concerns. Now it restricts apps from accessing users' personal data if the app has not been used by them for more than three months. They told us that they did this.

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