Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Facebook under fire due to Russian security breach

Facebook under fire due to Russian security breach

As per a TechCrunch report, Facebook confirmed that changes to the Bookmarks section are being rolled out to new users worldwide as part of a staged rollout. He said he'd have to get back to her with an answer.

Facebook said the redesign had been in the works for a while.

The blog post also reviews the types of controls people with Facebook accounts have over their data. It also launched the menu item "Privacy Shortcuts", where users can lock down who can view their profile or contact them. The revelation was met with protests, with privacy advocates and lawmakers urging Facebook to develop a tool that can tell non-users what data the site has on them. It plainly states that its data collection "includes information about the websites and apps you visit, your use of our services on those websites and apps, as well as information the developer or publisher of the app or website provides to you or us".

Many websites and apps use Facebook services to make their content and ads more engaging and relevant. And there is a growing unease that tech giants are unfairly manipulating users.

So to add insult to injury, not only has the non-Facebook user had their data gathered without their consent, but they have to sign up to a service they don't want and "consent" to give up more information to the company in the process of requesting this data.

Regulators have won some victories. Some experts point out that more and more users can leave Facebook under the circumstances and in the wake of the recent Facebook data scandal.

Facebook has always been a prerequisite for signing up for the service, along with competitors like Tinder, created to help verify identities, offer common friends and expedite registration. But civil liberties experts warn that face recognition technology could threaten the ability of Americans to remain anonymous online, on the street and at political protests. The data analytics firm reportedly harvested data of over 80 million Facebook users, which allegedly was used to help President Donald Trump's election campaign in 2016.

Scheduling 10 hours to figure out Facebook and its privacy (or lack thereof) policies was probably optimistic, even if every congressman was a 30-year-old business and engineering double-sigma cum laude major Ivy League graduate. This is likely going to cause some tension when Europe's GDPR kicks in, as the regulation requires data-portability for all citizens, not just Facebook users.

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