Investor urges Facebook to set up risk oversight committee

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His office launched an investigation into how the United Kingdom -based data-analytics company's improper harvesting of information affected Canadian Facebook users.

The family of an American man stabbed to death in Israel by Hamas members two years ago asked a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of their lawsuit against Facebook in light of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress last week.

Zuckerberg testified for five straight hours on April 10 and 11 answering almost 600 questions related to topics such as user privacy protections, monopolization, Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether or not censoring of conservative content occurred on the site and what kind of company Facebook should be considered as. "We also get information about which website or app you're using, which is necessary to know when to provide our tools".

Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook before the 2016 U.S. presidential election were sponsored by "suspicious groups" with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released yesterday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook.

Former Cambridge Analytica employee Britney Kaiser told United Kingdom lawmakers on Tuesday that the political data firm scraped information on users from numerous questionnaires.

Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them. "We are now investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014", a Facebook spokesperson told The Jolt Journal.


Facebook says other companies like Google, Amazon, Twitter and Pinterest also do the same.

In other words, unless every site on the internet and all apps suddenly stopped using Facebook's services, there's no escape from the company, even if you go ahead and delete your Facebook account. In order to do this, Facebook would have to collect users' biometric data to ensure their facial recognition tech would work, triggering privacy concerns. On the other side of the argument, my previous statement that data harvesting is Facebook's "business model" was not hyperbole.

The parliamentary committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is holding hearings this week on the data breach involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. If someone disagrees with Facebook's or other social media sites' long "user terms and conditions" section when signing up, that person can't use the service. Your browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox) shares your IP address so the website knows where to send the site content.

"Even before Facebook, consumer data has been used to identify political preference and political stimuli", Wilson said.

In return, Facebook helps those websites serve up relevant and engaging ads or receive analytics to study how people use their services. "We want to be clear that there is nothing different about the controls and protections we offer around the world", Facebook's chief privacy officer and deputy general counsel, Erin Egan and Ashlie Beringer, wrote in a blog post.

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