Facebook says Zuckerberg still won't testify in the UK

15 May, 2018, 22:16 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over the Cambridge Analytica scandal

In a May 14th Newsroom post, the company said that it was in the middle of investigating all apps that - like Cambridge Analytica - had access to the personal data of users' friends, whether they had consented to having their personal information collected or not.

In March, following Facebook's infamous data privacy scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a full audit of all Facebook-connected apps.

Undeterred, Facebook answered a different question, saying that as of 2014, it had reviewed all apps seeking access to anything beyond basic data fields and rejected about half of those - some 299,000 apps in total. The growing use of social networking opened the door to the misuse of personal information via identity theft, cyberstalking, content-based image retrieval, privacy invasion, and more.

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Mark Zuckerberg has once again rejected the advances of the United Kingdom parliamentary committee that are probing the misuse of Facebook data and how the firm slurps user info.

The University of Cambridge has chastised the application when New Scientist made a point of enlightening the academic body, with the Information Commissioner's Office stating that the data harvesting practices "did not go through our ethical approval process".

While Archibong admits that "there is a lot more work to be done" to find all potential violators of Facebook's policies, "we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible". Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced the amount of data that apps could access.

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Facebook has now suspended the myPersonality app (and around 200 other similar apps) in its efforts to investigate apps that may have violated its data privacy policies.

Facebook suspended myPersonality on 7 April. What will the final count be?

It's even unclear whether or not Facebook auditors will have the ability to ascertain for certain that a developer misused data. Ideally, Facebook's in-person inspections of these hundreds of app-makers will turn up the truth sooner rather than later. In response, Collins said, "If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country". Facebook took some time to publicize which Facebook users CA had data on, and still hasn't revealed which users had data scraped by Canadian consultancy firm AggregateIQ. But these 200 apps will undoubtedly add to the 87 million users affected by Cambridge Analytica alone.

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