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Zuckerberg's Personal Data Also Leaked In Cambridge Analytica Scandal

14 April 2018, 01:47 | Colleen Roy

Zuckerberg's Personal Data Also Leaked In Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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Ironically, there are also many ways to find a Facebook live stream of Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony.

He also said implementing regulation could put smaller companies at a disadvantage because they don't always have the level of resources necessary to comply.

Some U.S. lawmakers have raised the possibility of regulating Facebook and other social media companies. If individuals truly want to protect themselves from data mining, they need to start with their own profiles and restrict the amount of personal info they broadcast to the public by checking their privacy settings - yes, they've likely changed since the last time you looked.

When asked if there was overlap between Cambridge Analytica's harvested user data and the political propaganda pushed by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency during the 2016 presidential election, Mr Zuckerberg said a connection is entirely possible.

"This is a complex issue", Mr Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearances this week. Speaking to the Senate, he rebuffed the question for a full minute before conceding that Facebook tracks that information, but argued that most users understand that and desire it.

However, contrary to the stand taken by CA, Facebook said that around 5.62 lakh people in India could have been impacted by the data breach undertaken allegedly by the political consultancy. But he said his company "can do a better job of explaining how advertising works".

We heard from Zuckerberg and the other social media bosses time and again that the USA government wanted full access to user data and communications. "But at the same time it doesn't seem like future activities are prevented".

He asked Zuckerberg if his company allowed extreme uses of Facebook user data by the 2012 Obama campaign, citing a series of March tweets by Obama campaign official Carol Davidsen.

Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen.

In his defence, he said, "When we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they had told us that they weren't using the data and deleted it, we considered it a closed case". He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.




That disclosure pitched Facebook into a crisis of confidence among users, advertisers, employees and investors who were already struggling with Facebook's reaction to fake news and its role in the 2016 election.

Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the USA system.

Lawmakers also accused the company of violating a Federal Trade Commission order.

Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse called out a problem with this plan, though: The legions of U.S. shell companies that hide their ultimate owner.

The European Commissioner for consumers and justice has told the Guardian she may propose new regulations to tackle a "loss of trust" in Facebook, and would raise the matter with the tech firm's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg later this week. We'll continue to update this post throughout Zuckerberg's hearing with Congress today.

Similarly, Senator Dan Sullivan asked Zuckerberg the question - "Do you think you're too powerful?".

There's a lot Zuckerberg doesn't know (or says he doesn't know) that House lawmakers think he should.

"It was my mistake, and I'm sorry". After Zuckerberg gave his response - "I'm not sure".

He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders' access to people's personal information. Does that means the number of users affected might grow beyond the 87 million estimated by Facebook.



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