Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Mar 2018 23:54 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

After days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the controversy over the 2014 leak of private Facebook user data to a firm that went on to do political consulting work for the Donald Trump campaign in 2016.

Cambridge Analytica got the data by paying a psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, to create a Facebook personality quiz that harvested data not only about its own users but also about users' friends. Kogan amassed data from around 50 million users and turned it over to Cambridge.

Zuckerberg says that when Facebook learned about this transfer in 2015, it got Kogan and Cambridge to certify that they had deleted the data. But media reports this weekend suggested that Cambridge had lied and retained the data throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

This whole thing should make everyone think twice about how - and if - they should keep using Facebook. I've personally always been incredibly careful about what data I put on Facebook and I've rarely - if ever - used any Facebook 'apps', but in the end, you don't even need to feed Facebook any data for them to figure out who you are and what you're interested in. It's actually remarkably easy to extrapolate a whole lot about you from simple things like the times you're online, or which sites with Facebook social trackers you visit, and so on.

I trust Google with such forms of data, but not Facebook. If it wasn't for my friends, I'd delete my Facebook account in a heartbeat. My hope is that this story - which has certainly permeated beyond tech media into the mainstream media - will push more and more of the people around me to consider leaving Facebook.

Permalink for comment 654716
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Friends...
by flanque on Fri 23rd Mar 2018 10:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Friends..."
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

In such cases an online tool helps keep in touch.
Also, a real-life relation with someone can be augmented by the use of an online tool: you may need to share some files, send a reminder and such.

I once worried about missing out on all these so called benefits, until I gave up Facebook 26 months ago and realised it doesn't make much difference.

Now when I meet up with someone I haven't seen in a long time, we actually have something to say other than.. oh yeah, I saw you posted that on Facebook...

Edited 2018-03-23 10:42 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 0