Facebook announces changes to the design of the privacy settings
Responding to backlash over the data-sharing scandal, Facebook’s chief privacy officer says the social network is changing the design, so that users can more easily manage their privacy settings.
Some of the information that Cambridge Analytica harvested from Facebook is still in circulation, despite what both companies have said, according to a British research report.
Channel 4 News was looking at a small part of a data set dating back to 2014, which was extracted from the Facebook profiles of 50 million users. She saw information on 136,000 residents of Colorado, that their “personality and psychological profile.”
If the data scandal has continued to spread, and Facebook faces US and the UK an investigation into how it allowed the data to be handled, the Channel 4 report raises new questions: who is in possession of the information now.
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Not surprisingly, as the British news channels detected some Facebook users that their data harvested, they were not pleased.
Facebook has a full page ads on Sunday in the big AMERICAN and british newspapers to apologize for her role in the data scandal.
Janice, a nurse from whom the data recorded in the cache, told Channel 4: “It is a manipulation of our society by people who do not really care about our society. They care about their company. They care about their bottom line and they aren’t here for any of us, other than they want to manipulate all of us because we are a voter or a consumer. And that is how they look at me, they don’t look at how secure I am, or how good my schools.”
Debra, a local resident, said: “It is personal information, and only to strangers are able to make an assessment about who we are and what our views are… whether it is correct or incorrect… It is unnerving to think that someone has and is keeping that information.”
A similar set of data allegedly exists for residents of Oregon. All data were used for the company’s election targeting efforts.
A spokesman for Cambridge Analytica, told Fox News that the company “never disclosed details of the GSR [Global Science Research] to a third party” and that the company removed all of the GSR data and took measures to ensure that copies of the data were also removed.
“This includes our lawyers take action in the autumn of 2014 against a number of former employees who had stolen data and intellectual property of the company,” the spokesman said. “These former employees each signed an undertaking promising that they had deleted all of any such material. It is not true that we are not to take appropriate measures to ensure that the GSR data has been removed.”
Global scientific Research is the company co-founded by Aleksandr Kogan that harvested Facebook data with the help of a personality app and then share the data with Cambridge Analytica.
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Despite the fact that Facebook it taking a full page apology ads in several newspapers, an adjustment of the privacy settings and promises of more changes to come, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal has led to a response from some of its users and scolding from tech industry leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In related news, Facebook made a short announcement that the phasing out of a form of advertising known as ner Categories, allowing third-party data aggregators such as Experian to provide customers with offline data, such as the purchase of activity to inform targeted ads.
Although this specific program is not what led to the current Cambridge Analytica situation, the social network said that it considered that this change “will help improve the privacy of people on Facebook.”
Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.