Europe is dealing with Facebook in a way the U.S. hasn’t

April 02 23:00 2018

Unregulated, unchecked and riding high on its god-like reputation, Facebook is, in many ways, engaged both in legitimate business and in the black market, where data is being sold to the highest bidder with the least public scrutiny.

Facebook has done “soul-searching” both over the a year ago and since the Cambridge Analytica reports came out this month, Reynolds says.

Law and IT Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad has already warned the social media giant of “stringent” action for any attempt to influence polls through data theft, and had even threatened to summon its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, if needed. The truth is while deactivating your account makes you invisible on Facebook, and details of your account invisible on the web, all your data remains on the company’s servers.

The KCC plans to examine whether Facebook, or any other social network service operator, breached Korea’s Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection.

Others say companies have little moral standing to criticize Facebook’s practices, when they have themselves relied on the social network to acquire customers, using the same ad-targeting tools that rely on personal data that have stirred up so much controversy in the context of politics. Using such tools might mean people would “not have to entrust [data] to these companies who have proven time and time again that they can not be trusted with your data”. “Or I’ll Google something vague like baseball and see if the advertisements start on Facebook – they often do”, she says over email.

Christopher C. Black, worldwide criminal lawyer with 20 years of experience in war crimes and global relations, and a commentator on worldwide affairs, and Petri Krohn, Finnish political commentator joined our discussion.

These data includes address book contacts, calendars, logs of incoming and outgoing calls, every text message sent and received, audio messages sent and received, and all files sent and received, all outside Facebook.

Zuckerberg told Klein that Facebook serving people and using an ad-supported business model aren’t incompatible.

Zuckerberg also used his interview to push back against recent criticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who had blasted Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. “But longer term, FB will probably figure out how to replace it with their own data and find a way to not let third parties profit off of their audiences”.

The interview was the latest by the Facebook chief aimed at blunting the impact of a scandal over the harvesting of personal data on 50 million users by a political firm linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. I think it’s… privacy to us is a human right.

“Privacy is extremely important”, Zuckerberg told Dubner, “and people engage and share their content [on Facebook] and feel free to connect because they know that their privacy is going to be protected”. While both the European Union and the United States have strands of data protection laws and programs in place, GDPR has a wider scope, more prescriptive standards, and substantial fines. Most of the handful of chiefs who have spoken out against Facebook have always been forthright on the topic of privacy.

After Facebook made the announcement to end partnerships with data brokers, the information commissioner from the United Kingdom welcomed the news.

“Third, it will “… make sure [users] understand which apps you’ve allowed to access your data”.

Tim Cook says Facebook should have regulated itself, but it's too late for that now

Europe is dealing with Facebook in a way the U.S. hasn’t
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