Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

India sends notice to Facebook over alleged data breach

India sends notice to Facebook over alleged data breach

"As far as I can tell, this doesn't change any of the data that Facebook's actually collecting". From there, you'll be able to enable two-factor authentication, review and delete things you've shared on the platform, tweak your ad preferences, and manage who sees your posts and profile information.

Facebook has signaled that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress by discussing the details of the appearance with lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the conversations.

Facebook responded to intensifying criticism over its mishandling of user data Wednesday by announcing new features to its site that will give users more visibility and control over how their information is shared.

Facebook also will create a page that makes it easier for people to download their data so that they can more clearly view what information the company collects about them.

"The biggest difference is ease of access in settings, which fulfills Mark Zuckerberg's promise to make the privacy process and permissions more transparent to users", Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said.


The old settings menu (left) and new settings menu (right).

Consumer faith in Facebook has been tested by reports that a consulting firm connected to the Trump campaign improperly obtained personal information on 50 million users. 66% of users trusted Amazon to obey laws regarding personal information, while only 41% could say the same of Facebook. That data, generated over years of games and personality quizzes that had access to private information, is largely still stored outside of Facebook's grasp by the private individuals and companies that built those applications. Facebook announced the redesign on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Facebook has not been having a good time the past couple of weeks.

Alessandro Acquisti, a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist who also co-authored the privacy study, said that Facebook's controls had gotten more and more complex over the years in response to a series of privacy scandals. Facebook is no longer among the top five most valuable companies in the world.

Facebook already has vast amounts of data on its users.


The crisis also threatens the Silicon Valley tech industry whose business model revolves around data collected on internet users. Zuckerberg plans to testify on Capitol Hill in coming weeks to answer questions about what happened.

Lawmakers in the United States and Britain are still clamoring for Zuckerberg himself to explain how users' data ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica.

"A company whose platform is self-admittedly powerful enough to influence elections, must stay out of them", said a letter from the groups including Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy.

"If any such downstream entity misused data from Facebook, what is the protection available to the data subject?" it asked.


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