Facebook says it's open to some privacy regulation. Here's where to start

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The hearings that ended on Wednesday revealed no consensus among United States lawmakers about what kind of privacy legislation they might want to pursue, if any, and no timeline for action.

Although it's not been confirmed by Facebook, fuel has been added to the fire after a comment was made by Zuckerberg during his appearance. He said it was critical to have light regulation. If Facebook's systems can't figure out basic spam now, they're definitely years away from stopping fake news, stolen identities, and illegal activity.

"Some things are striking during this conversation", Rep.

The fact is, giving you something of value for your data is not new.

DeGette's call for greater penalties followed a heated back-and-forth in which the congresswoman became visibly exasperated that Zuckerberg did not have more information about his company's history.

Others poured cold water on the idea that Cambridge Analytica was able to use these profiles as grist for its research on swaying voters by cracking the code of human intention. He gave no further details. Many developers, McNamee said, were dipping into users friends lists to reach new people, and that fed directly into Facebooks business plan.

On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we zero in on what Mark Zuckerberg failed to answer during his USA congressional appearances, about just how much data Facebook collects - and the control users have over it.

NPC said they were told by Facebook representatives that 558 Filipino Facebook users installed Aleksandr Kogan's personality quiz app, through which personal data may have been "improperly shared" with the controversial political data firm.

In a recent NPR interview, Sheryl Sandberg said that Facebook was so busy focusing on building positive social experiences that they didn't pay enough attention to the way Facebook could be misused: "We really believed in social experiences".

Zuckerberg was unable to answer Dingell, the MI congresswoman, when she asked how frequently Facebook used computer code embedded in websites to gather dossiers on virtually everyone online.

As Luján pointed out, non-members won't have signed a privacy consent form, nor would they know to delete data they weren't even aware was being collected. Never mind that the 2012 Obama campaign bragged about using Facebook in a similar way to win re-election.

- What are your thoughts on the Facebook data leak? Throughout Zuckerberg's apologies for not doing more to protect users' privacy and curb the spread of false and misleading information on the site, he repeatedly reassured lawmakers artificial intelligence would soon fix many of Facebook's problems. So it's worth asking: In an era in which wealth and income inequality are glaringly persistent, should some technology companies continue to reap overwhelming profits while individuals on whose data they rely receive no compensation?

Wednesday's hearing stood in contrast to a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees Tuesday, which frequently devolved into questions about basic Facebook functionality and its business model. In spite of this, data is not transparently accounted for on balance sheets. They all also use different sources - I can distinctly remember five different images of Zuckerberg, overlayed or accompanied with the same text - so Facebook can't simply blacklist one image across the site once it has been marked as spam.

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