Facebook to notify users if data was shared with CA

Facebook to notify users if data was shared with CA

Facebook to notify users if data was shared with CA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

"Today I have opened a formal investigation into Facebook, following confirmation from Facebook that the information of over 300,000 Australian users may have been acquired and used without authorisation", Ms Falk said in a statement.

Still, the world's 2.2 billion Facebook users are getting a rude awakening: They're not the customer; they - and their personal information - are the product.

Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday about the company's ongoing data-privacy scandal and how it failed to guard against other abuses of its service.

Top of the agenda in the forthcoming hearings will be Facebook's admission that the personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who sits on both Senate committees, compared the scrutiny of Facebook's data-collection practices by Congress to the landmark 1960s exposé of the USA automobile industry that prompted lawmakers to introduce far-reaching safety regulations.

If Zuckerberg does not provide satisfactory answers this week, Congress is more likely to push new laws to strictly regulate Facebook. "But I want to be clear about what our priority is: protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits". "The consent decree was designed exactly to avoid this Cambridge Analytica problem".

His conciliatory tone precedes two days of congressional hearings where Zuckerberg is set to answer questions about Facebook user data being improperly appropriated by a political consultancy and the role the network played in the US 2016 election.

It started with concerns about fake news items that circulated during the U.S. presidential election. "Advertisers and developers will never take priority over that as long as I'm running Facebook".

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For years, he was adamant that Facebook was a tech company, not a media company - a platform, not a publisher.

Facebook will send users one of two notifications. "And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer - and have their messages automatically deleted", a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report.

Zuckerberg meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) prior to meeting with Nelson on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2018, in Washington, DC.

It remains to be seen if lawmakers will be convinced.

"They went beyond what they had legally indicated to people they would be doing with that data, and they sold it to outside organizations, who then resold it, and it was used to try to convince or try to manipulate the way people thought about the election process", Senator Rounds said.

"If you don't control your platform, we're going to have to do something about it", California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told a gathering of Silicon Valley executives last week. Does that mean regulation? If it's the latter, why shouldn't Facebook allow people to opt out of being targeted by ads? The senator is more concerned immediately about data getting into the hands of people who intend to do harm.

"I believe he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", Nelson said.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees. "There's a big commotion", he said. "Is he going to behave like an adult, as a major corporate leader?"

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