Facebook tweaks design for easily discoverable privacy settings

Nigel Oakes  LinkedIn

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How do we deal with the new public sphere as it operates?' " She added: "People mistakenly think that Facebook sells your data.

"Facebook provided an example to other companies, of which they should take heed".

Like Australia and Indonesia, which said last week they would investigate Facebook, the Philippines will examine whether the company's actions breached its local privacy laws.

Was that smart? Knowing what I know now, maybe I over shared.

It seems that Facebook, long reluctant to embrace sustainability, may be on to something - they're hiring! The data analytics firm reportedly harvested data of over 80 million Facebook users, which allegedly was used to help President Donald Trump's election campaign in 2016. Absolutely. Is it a motley assortment of drama, snake oil salesman, wild political lies, photo shopped selfies and, yes, Russians, all vying to distract us from what we should be doing? Putting the tools in front of people repeatedly, not just having them in settings, but putting them in front of people and making sure that people understand what the controls are and that they get affirmative consent.

"It's always been like this unfortunately", said Mr Hardy.

Currently, there are many invasive mobile apps in circulation that put individuals' data at risk, noted Mr Hardy. While this week the Silicon Valley giant's stock has experience a modest recovery as its CEO appears calm and collected in front of US lawmakers, the high-flying FAANG stock saw roughly $100 billion shaved off its market capitalization in the weeks following its latest data crisis.

"Mobile devices really are general goal computers", said Mr Hardy. They have radios, a camera, a microphone and location tracking.

Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail.   Associated Press  Evan Vucci
Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail. Associated Press Evan Vucci

By agreeing to these policies, you are putting your information into the hands of Facebook. We have the ability to control the information we offer and reinforce online. This effectively prevents any website from loading any third-party scripts, including targeted advertising, without consent. It's an objective that plainly additionally lines up with Facebook's money related motivating forces for development and accumulating promoting consideration. Consider the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect next month.

"What guarantees can you give us that kids' data isn't being shared?" the senator asked.

Last week's Congressional testimony of Mark Zuckerberg provided me with a constant distraction from the day-to-day activity of my practice. The US is still far away from any comprehensive regulation; and with Zuckerberg wriggling out, we will probably have to bear FB for some more time in its present form.

But not all tech industry professionals expect to see rapid change. "This pipeline they are building of very young users is a gold mine and Facebook's track record of changing privacy terms, allowing discriminatory ad targeting, designing products whose goal is to hook consumers, and creating platforms that prize inflammatory content over reasoned debate is not reassuring".

Do see where I'm going with this?

The apology from Zuckerberg reads "This was a breach of trust and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time". My hope is that people will reflect on this and say, 'Whoa!

We have a responsibility to protect your information. How are we safeguarding the information of our clients?

Now comes Facebook. Full disclosure: I do not have a personal Facebook page.

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