KIYC: Finding what information Facebook knows about you


KIYC: Finding what information Facebook knows about you

Henrietta Brewer
April 15, 2018

It's not something that you have property rights to and it can't be stolen.

How much data does Facebook collect on users - and non-users?

Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure.

"Facebook tells you how your information will be used", said Fraser, a lawyer and partner with McInnes Cooper. He had two encounters, one with the Senate and one with the House. "It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected", Mark Zuckerberg wrote in Facebook's S-1 filing. I bet he never expected to be in this kind of seat.


Facebook also includes a note about its data collection in its user agreement, noting that it collects data on "the websites and apps you visit, your use of our services on those websites and apps, as well as information the developer or publisher of the app or website provides to you or us".

Facebook Inc. (FB) bears have a new bit of ammo supporting their thesis that a #DeleteFacebook and Occupy Silicon Valley movement will continue to gain momentum and take down Mark Zuckerberg's social media behemoth.

The emails appear to contradict the duo's claim on the "Mornings on the Mall" radio show on Wednesday that Facebook had not tried to contact them. Nobody - and I mean nobody - is about to spend 20 minutes pouring over legalese so they can make a sound and thoughtful decision about whether they should take this quiz to find out what their stripper name would be. He has clients who do advertise digitally and suspects that could be the way his email was moved along to the agencies.

Facebook will also restrict apps from accessing user posts on any page. Instead, he asserted without elaborating that "the average American uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends and stay in touch with people". Quite understandably, these were the sort of questions on where Zuckerberg looked in a shambles. Earlier, during the first five-hour marathon session at US Congress late on Tuesday, the Facebook CEO conveyed his concerns about the upcoming elections globally. It's data that made Zuckerberg a billionaire. Senators and representatives know that Facebook directly affects a huge proportion of their constituents who were shocked - SHOCKED - by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


It's Facebook's toxic combination of unsettled privacy and corporate power that demands still more scrutiny: how a single player became so damn dominant, whether it leverages that dominance in anticompetitive ways, and ultimately what tools Washington might exercise, if any, in the face of that consolidation.

Fraser said if he were a politician, he could ascertain who would be unlikely to vote for him by campaigning door-to-door.

Kogan downplayed the extent of this snooping, and told the New York Times that private messages were only harvested from a small number of people, likely "a couple thousand".


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