Facebook has spent $20M on Zuckerberg's security since 2015

We've been oversharing online all these years and now we're surprised by a lack of privacy

Earlier this week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington to testify at the Senate Intelligence Hearing. He said he'd have to get back to her with an answer.

In an official blog post, published on 16 April, Facebook throws light on the objective and nature of data it is collecting from third party websites and apps which are using their various engagement tools.

We've explained how to download all the information Facebook has on you, a sensible precaution to take if you're planning to #DeleteFacebook. It also launched the menu item "Privacy Shortcuts", where users can lock down who can view their profile or contact them.

This means that non-subscribers have no idea about what information Facebook has obtained about them. While Facebook has been getting the brunt of the recent outrage over its data collection and privacy practices, some methods are industry standard.

The website also gets information about the browser and operating system (for example Android or Windows) you're using because not all browsers and devices support the same features. "It's not a breach in the sense of the Equifax breach, but it's more a matter of how Facebook works with its app developers".


"We require these security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook", the filing states. And there is a growing unease that tech giants are unfairly manipulating users.

He referred to a process that forces the non-Facebook users to subscribe if they want to know what information the company has obtained.

Regulators have won some victories. This was revealed by Carolyn Everson, Facebook VP of global marketing solutions who said, "We have not seen wild changes in behavior with people saying I'm not going to share any data with Facebook anymore". 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. Sites that use Facebook advertising or analytics tools also share data. Last week, in a session with the US lawmakers, the 33-year old Zuckerberg admitted that he took the blame for the data scrape and emphasized that user privacy is of utmost importance to the firm.

Advocates and lawmakers say they are singling out Facebook because of its size, rivaled outside China only by Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google, and because they allege Zuckerberg was not forthcoming about the extent and reasons for the tracking.

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