Spectre of political interference via big data continues to haunt Facebook

Privacy watchdog: Firm harvested 1.17M Filipino Facebook user data

In its response to the Information Regulator, Facebook said that its analysis of the breach was still ongoing, and the reported figures may be over- or under-stated, depending on how the parties involved shared the data.

"I should emphasise that the Kogan/GSR datasets and questionnaires were not the only Facebook-connected questionnaires and datasets which Cambridge Analytica (CA) used", she wrote in her testimony.

What with it being used to harvest tens of millions of personal accounts data from Facebook and its technology's alleged use in the rigging of elections on an worldwide scale, it's safe to say that Cambridge Analytica is amongst the most toxic names in the business these days.

The ads said Facebook is limiting the data apps received when users sign in.

When you visit a website, your browser (for example Chrome, Safari or Firefox) sends a request to the site's server. Whether it's a firm, business or a regular user, Facebook should be aware and responsible for whatever happens and affects users on Facebook, regardless if it's used for the good or bad for users. The browser shares your IP address so the website knows where on the internet to send the site content.

European Union users will also be asked if they wish to use new facial-recognition technology that will detect if others may be using their image as their profile picture or elsewhere.

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How does Facebook use the data it receives from other websites and apps?

In fact, the data firm along with its partners reportedly used wide range of surveys to collect information on Facebook users - including a "sex compass" app that asked people about their "personal preferences".

A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken in late March found that 41% of Americans trust Facebook to obey laws that protect their personal information, compared with 66% who trust Amazon, 62% who trust Google and 60% who trust Microsoft. A spokeswoman told the Associated Press that Facebook uses the information to rank s in Messenger so they are easier to find, and to suggest people to call. This means that highly targeted Facebook advertising will be a thing of the past for many brands.

Businesses are also having issues with the Facebook and Instagram API. So, if you visit a lot of sports sites that use our services, you might see sports-related stories higher up in your News Feed.

What should be alarming is the comparison between the heated reactions to Edward Snowden's revelations about the government's ability to spy on everyone's communications - rationalised as providing security - and the relative calm complacency that has greeted the fact that a private corporation can sweep up the personal information of millions of people and use that information for any goal.

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