Monday, 24 September, 2018

Facebook details what it does with data collected from users

Facebook data breach Cambridge Analytica data privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook users social media platforms Zuckerberg testimony EU GDPR American Civil Liberties Union European Union Facebook is probably tracking you whether you use it or not — and it doesn't really give you a choice
| 17 April, 2018, 20:27

The current imbroglio has to do with Facebook becoming too aggressive in the personal data it collects - for example, through some apps it logs users' text and cellphone histories.

Facebook says it can collect personal data as many websites and apps use the social networking giant's services to make their content and ads more engaging and relevant.

In the post, Facebook's Product Management Director, David Baser, set himself up to answer questions that were neither hard nor related to the most pressing issues facing the company, much like the testimony given by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account".

Like Google - which provides all of us with remarkable search, email and other services free - Facebook turned toselling targeted adsto businesses who a decade ago mostly hawked their wares through broadcast and print media.

And Facebook and many other purveyors of advertising on the web have perfected strategies to keep us logged on longer and come back more often.

"Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services". As you know, the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will significantly restrict the use of such sensitive categories of personal data. "This can help with things like saving items in your shopping cart", Baser explained. Facebook is now alerting users with two notifications: one if you were affected and one if you weren't. The post further lists the services that are used by these third party apps and websites.


Sen. Fischer: There's some past reports that have been out there that indicate that Facebook collects about 96 data categories.

Suspicious pages included Facebook pages with little to no information about who is behind them, pages that have been taken down and ones that have had little activity since Election Day 2016. Americans are asking for a public dialogue about the purposes for which Facebook uses their personal data; but a meaningful conversation can not happen until users also understand the sources from which their data is gleaned and the specific data - which characteristics, attributes, labels, or categories of data points - are being collected and utilized.

Baser said Facebook doesn't sell that data but only uses it to cater content to you.

"Going forward, we're going to address this by verifying the identity of every single advertiser who's running political or issue-oriented ads to make it so that foreign actors or people trying to spoof their identity or say that they're someone that they're not can not run political ads or run large pages", said Zuckerberg during his Congressional testimony. According to him, "If someone tries to log into your account using an IP address from a different country, we might ask some questions to verify if it's you". "Or if a browser has visited hundreds of sites in the last five minutes, that's a sign the device might be a bot".

"'Whether it's information from apps and websites or information you share with other people on Facebook, we want to put you in control - and be transparent about what information Facebook has and how it is used". If they do, we'll show them ads from the same advertisers that are targeting them on Facebook.

It will be interesting though to see if this type of "clarification" will satisfy the privacy advocates, following the practices being ruled illegal in Belgium earlier this year.

Recommended

  • Russian telecom watchdog says Telegram will be banned soon

    Russian telecom watchdog says Telegram will be banned soon

    Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, said the official attempt to stop the app being used in Russian Federation was "groundless". The FSB has said it needs access to some messages for security reasons, including countering terrorist activity.
    Ukraine expresses solidarity with United States  actions in Syria

    Ukraine expresses solidarity with United States actions in Syria

    Earlier this week, Trump called the chemical attack in Douma "atrocious" and vowed that those responsible would "pay a price". In an address to the American people on Friday, Trump called out Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Assad's regime.

    West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation warns of 'war'

    He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement. Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation .
  • President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

    President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

    We categorically refuse to recognise Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, where East Al-Quds will remain the capital of Palestine. "The league's final statement was clearly under the heavy shadow of Saudi Arabia's destructive policies", he added.
    (NYSE:JPM) Quarterly Profit Surged 35%

    (NYSE:JPM) Quarterly Profit Surged 35%

    It helps investors in determining whether buying, selling or holding on to a stock would be beneficial for them. (NYSE:CTL). B And T Capital Management Dba Alpha Capital Management owns 42,544 shs. (NYSE:CTL) for 22,598 shares.
    Kylie Jenner Sends Love to Khloe Kardashian After She Gives Birth!

    Kylie Jenner Sends Love to Khloe Kardashian After She Gives Birth!

    According to the Daily Mail , Kylie Jenner is the only member of her family who has not been avoiding social media lately. The entrepreneur held tight to a Louis Vuitton traveling bag with one hand, opting to wear her dark tresses in a bun.
  • Nafta agreement could come in weeks, say Pence and Trudeau

    Nafta agreement could come in weeks, say Pence and Trudeau

    Pence and his team were traveling to Peru for the Summit of the Americas on Friday when the drama unfolded, according to Axios . Pence said he was "very hopeful" that Mexico, Canada and the US were close to an agreement on the negotiated trade pact.
    Sunny weekend days for Modesto, then more rain

    Sunny weekend days for Modesto, then more rain

    The green/red lines to the left of the solid blue line (which I point out with an arrow) show a shallow layer of cold air. For comparison, mid 80s is what we see for highs in the height of summer and mid 30s is typical for the dead of winter.
    Relief for Liverpool as Bayern Munich appoint new coach

    Relief for Liverpool as Bayern Munich appoint new coach

    Kovac has overseen the most global dressing room in the Bundesliga, with 18 different nationalities represented at the club. After former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel rejected an offer, announcing he will join a big European club overseas .
  • Mecca Masjid blast case: BJP demands apology from Congress

    Mecca Masjid blast case: BJP demands apology from Congress

    One of the accused Sunil Joshi, a member of RSS in Madhya Pradesh, was killed by unknown assailants during the investigation. Owaisi, in an earlier tweet, claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused.
    Meghan Markle's Nephew Has Named A Weed Strain After Her

    Meghan Markle's Nephew Has Named A Weed Strain After Her

    Ms Greer added: "No one wants Meghan's children, they're going to be eighth, ninth in the line of succession". Many actresses have film roles they would rather forget, and it appears Meghan Markle is no exception.
    Mother was drunk when Hart family SUV plunged into ocean, police say

    Mother was drunk when Hart family SUV plunged into ocean, police say

    The California Highway Patrol, reached Friday afternoon by The Oregonian/OregonLive, couldn't confirm the Associated Press report. Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook.

Scientists create plastic-eating enzyme, could help in fighting pollution Scientists create plastic-eating enzyme, could help in fighting pollution These differences indicated that PETase may have evolved in a PET-containing environment to enable the enzyme to degrade PET . However, Ideonella sakaiensis on its own is not useful in industrial recycling on its own as it digests plastic too slowly.

Boston Celtics take series lead in game one thriller Boston Celtics take series lead in game one thriller The Bucks trailed late, but still held a shred of hope when Antetokounmpo went to the free throw line with 14.8 seconds remaining. Al Horford , however, was the one player who set the tone on both ends, and made sure absolutely everything had to be done.

5 of the greatest achievements by Indians at the Commonwealth Games 5 of the greatest achievements by Indians at the Commonwealth Games Guy Sebastian was one of a number of local artists who performed at the closing ceremony on Sunday night. The last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting to get into a closing ceremony.

Facebook makes privacy settings easier by upgrading their bookmark menu Facebook makes privacy settings easier by upgrading their bookmark menu Apparently, Facebook monitors your activity by the kind of apps an individual uses and promotes targeted advertising through this. That's because the core function of Facebook - connecting people - is something that can be done elsewhere without having to pay.

IPL 2018: AB de Villiers stars as Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab IPL 2018: AB de Villiers stars as Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab Buttler hit a six against Woakes and two fours against spinners Chahal and Pawan Negi before losing his wicket to Woakes. From there on, it was RR's game as seldom does RCB pull of stunning wins without their two mainstays.

Protesters Gather to Show Disappointment in Trump's Airstrikes on Syria Protesters Gather to Show Disappointment in Trump's Airstrikes on Syria The site west of the city of Homs was an alleged underground chemical weapons storage facility, doubling as a command post. According to USA officials, the operation comprised three United States destroyers, a French frigate and a U.S. submarine.

Erdogan anxious by world powers' 'arm wrestling' on Syria Erdogan anxious  by world powers' 'arm wrestling' on Syria In recent months, however, Ankara has been working closely with Moscow, a major ally of the Assad government, on Syrian issues. Trump also blamed Russian Federation for being partners with "a gas killing animal", referring to Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Kentucky teachers protest pension overhaul Kentucky teachers protest pension overhaul A number of districts closed schools on Friday, including Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools. Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, said Bevin's remarks were insulting to teachers.

Turkish presidential aide urges unity post Syria strike Turkish presidential aide urges unity post Syria strike In recent months however it has closely worked with Russian Federation for a political solution in Syria even though Moscow remains a chief ally of the regime.

US 'Acted Appropriately' with Syria Strikes US 'Acted Appropriately' with Syria Strikes UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain's involvement in the intervention. "We would have preferred an alternative path". Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.

Gmail redesign could feature self-destructing emails Gmail redesign could feature self-destructing emails The message behind the link disappears after some time, but this doesn't mean that the intermediate email also disappears. The upcoming, redesigned Gmail looks like it will have several new features to protect the privacy of your emails.

Ramaphosa dedicates Maya Angelou's famous poem to Madikizela-Mandela Ramaphosa dedicates Maya Angelou's famous poem to Madikizela-Mandela American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson is expected to attend, as are the presidents of Namibia and the Republic of Congo. The crowd, which included former presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, roared in approval.

Ghazni District Retaken After Deadly Attack Ghazni District Retaken After Deadly Attack Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

Volkswagen names new CEO Volkswagen names new CEO Predecessor Martin Winterkorn fell victim to the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. Matthias Mueller steps down as chairman of the board of management by mutual agreement, effective immediately.

Priyanka Chopra proud of Mary Kom's Commonwealth Games win Priyanka Chopra proud of Mary Kom's Commonwealth Games win India's women's hockey team turned in an embarrassing performance in the bronze medal round against England and was thrashed 6-0. Except the last few punches that she received, Mary Kom remained on top throughout to get the yellow metal.