Facebook notifies those affected by data breach

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Facebook is directing people to their settings page where you can update the information you share with apps and websites.

"How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?" asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing.

But some in congress weren't impressed with that response, including Rep. And time and again, they've seen how these problems really escalate, and the more extreme examples that we see of ways that it could go wrong, I think the more Mark Zuckerberg has had to come around to the idea that yes, they are responsible for this content. But few realize how much Facebook collects, including "cross device" targeting that tracks the apps on their phones, as well as their offline activity - such as their physical location, what they buy in stores and all of their web browsing. "As CEO, you didn't know some key facts". But privacy advocates use the term to describe something very specific: Facebook amasses information on you that you didn't hand over yourself.

"Do you think Facebook is too confusing for users?"

It was his second and final hearing this week in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, bringing the once press shy CEO's total time testifying on Capitol Hill to about ten hours.

Daniel Gillmor, a senior staff technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union who is also a non-Facebook user said that there are two ways that the platform collects information about non-users like him: From other Facebook users associated to him, and from sites on the open web.

That data comes from a range of sources, said Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The organization collecting data has to provide a copy of all personal data collected for free, as well as let you share the data with other companies.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) asked Zuckerberg, "Do you know how many points of data that Facebook has on the average non-Facebook user?" Some of the Russian ads were on Facebook.

The Indian government had sent notices to both the companies seeking detailed explanation on any possible misuse of profile data of Indians to influence their voting behaviour.

"We've seen the apology tours before", said Democratic Conn. Sen. University researchers have tried to figure out how to make that data portable, but failed because Facebook keeps changing the public-facing software required.

Facebook has over 20 crore users in India. "In retrospect it was clearly a mistake to believe them", he said. So while only 270,000 users took the quiz, by Facebook's latest estimate, the app was able to harvest data of at least 87 million users.

Facebook said it learned of Cambridge Analytica's violation in 2015, and was told by the firm that the data was deleted. Beginning this Monday, Facebook has started to notify those users whose data have been breached. So to make them care it's only recently that Facebook has allowed you to download all of the data that they have on you.

"A small number of people who logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you", Facebook said in a missable note. Everyone was longing for the days of MySpace, even though Facebook's reach now extends there in some form, as well.

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