Will the US regulate Facebook? Europe is about to do just that

Mark Zuckerberg addressed the urban legend that Facebook taps your microphone for advertisements

Mark Zuckerberg addressed the urban legend that Facebook taps your microphone for advertisements

As many as 87 million Facebook users may of had their personal data shared with Cambridge Analytica, spurring a chorus of voices calling for more regulation of the tech sector. "You didn't know that FTC doesn't have fining authority and that Facebook could not have received fines for the 2011 consent order".

"He said he's in favour of some kind of regulation, but he's not behind some kind of sweeping regulation of Facebook that some critics of the company would like to see", McCabe said. Nor is it picky about who they are sold to, as the ominous reference in Mr Bosworth's memo to "all the work we will have to do in China" (where Facebook is presently banned) shows very clearly.

Other security measures include researchers only being able to access Facebook's data in a locked room without internet access, or using encrypted laptops only programmed to help with research.

Now the Facebook is working with governments in the USA, the United Kingdom and around the world to do a full audit of what they've done and to make sure that they get rid of any data that they still have.

The Facebook boss said he was not familiar with so-called "shadow profiles", which media reports have described as collections of data about users that they have no knowledge of or control over. The Cambridge Analytica saga drives home how crucial it is to keep close rein on apps that hook into your social media accounts.

We have Congressman Ben Luján to thank for a discovery that might come to hang around Zuckerberg as he battles to save his company's image.

An estimated one in 50 Australian Facebook users are thought to have their data leaked.

Zuckerberg, the man who founded Facebook just 14 years ago, was questioned by U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees over two days this week.

Zuckerberg had to correct the record on Wednesday after he initially said - incorrectly - that Facebook's feature to download a user's entire data dossier has all the information Facebook has collected, including web browser history. At the very least, we should expect some answers as to why Facebook has been able to get away with harvesting data from users that haven't consented, unless Zuckerberg continues to flawless the deflection techniques he's seemingly getting good at.

Recent comments by Facebook executives also echo outside research conducted by analyst firms like Jefferies Equity Research.

"We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them".

Republican Senator Orin Hatch asked Zuckerberg at the hearing if Facebook will always be free. "We're thrilled that Facebook has decided not to contribute any addition money to the opposition", Ross said. He had no response when asked how a non-Facebook member could remove information without signing up for the service.

Congressman, I'm not, I'm not familiar with that.

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