Facebook suspends ties with Canada's AggregateIQ

Yolanda Curtis
April 8, 2018

Facebook is to start telling users whose data has been compromised on Monday.

Not to mention its seeming inability to even identify the problem until the company was already embroiled in scandal.

Some users have said they are considering deleting their Facebook account completely, but Ullman said this was not feasible for everyone and that many still liked using Facebook and its other platforms.

The only way to be safe would have been for users to deliberately turn off that search feature several years ago. "Privacy should be the default setting", the protesters called out after singing some advice to the $465 billion company. "That, to me, was the failure".

The estimated 87 million people whose data might have been shared with political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, of which 300,000 are expected to be Australian will soon receive a message informing them of that fact.

- These measures will come into effect over the next few weeks, but one wonders whether they'll be enough to win back users' confidence. Zuckerberg himself will be questioned by Congress for the first time on Tuesday.

AIQ says it "has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica" and that "Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ".

Representatives for AggregateIQ didn't respond to a request for comment. "This is going to be a major focus for us", he said. But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defense by cycling through multiple IP addresses. When Facebook began to retract messages that Zuckerberg had sent, it made no public disclosure of what it was doing. That includes full name, profile picture and listings of school or workplace networks.

"The proper use of personal data can achieve remarkable things", said Denham. It said that it is investigating apps that have access to large amounts of information and will be conducting audits of apps that have suspicious activity. It has also limited the amount of information third-party apps can collect from its platform, stopped permitting information from third-party data to be used to target ads, instituted stricter restrictions on large Facebook pages, and tightened its regulations on ads concerning political campaigns and issues.

It seems very much that Facebook decided to make "unsend" part of Messenger because of the TechCrunch story-which makes it hard to believe that the company has had time to think through its potential implications.

- Facebook is also making sure it's more transparent with its users and will provide more information on the features it has introduced such as Marketplace, starting fundraisers or sharing 360 videos.

It's a step towards a more private Facebook, but a reactionary step.

"Within our Facebook Fundraisers tool, we had a feature to show people that their friends had previously supported a fundraiser", said a Facebook Ireland spokeswoman.

This whole situation makes you wonder what other secret features elite Facebook users have that us peasants do not.

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