Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

"It's about beginning to question the types of information they have about you, beginning to question the transparency of the data that you share across all platforms, not just Facebook". "We also get information about which website or app you're using, which is necessary to know when to provide our tools", Baser noted. The result is that you're helping Facebook build a profile of yourself. Asked to define the term, Zuckerberg could only respond: "Senator, I think that this is a really hard question and I think its one of the reasons why we struggle with it". It is clear many members of Congress do not actually understand even elementary aspects of Facebook, yet these men and women will decide whether to regulate social media. However, don't expect a way out.

Law and IT Minister 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. But there's absolutely no way to turn it off. Besides, Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer plugin features and thus collect user information, he noted.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account", Baser writes.

Many people don't realize that your Apps settings on Facebook can also affect your level of privacy.

Logging into a site using Facebook is one of the least private things you can do. "Period." Whenever someone says "period" like that, something feels off. The firm was said to have sold the information to political campaigns to help tailor messages the masses would want to hear in a way they would like to hear it. Second: Facebook is collecting data from lot of places like the apps or websites that lets you log in using your Facebook details. Highlighting the company's major loss of control of their data collection and transfer process to third parties. Cookies and device identifiers help us determine whether the person uses Facebook.

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When non-Facebook sites add a "Like" button (a social plugin, in Baser's terminology), visitors to those sites are tracked: Facebook gets their IP address, browser and OS fingerprint, and visited site.

Experience of websites that have attempted paywalls shows that, while plenty of people say they are willing to pay a monthly fee for an ad-free experience, not many are in practice.

Brittany Kaiser, a former employee of the firm, said Cambridge Analytica's own digital currency was meant to help people store and sell their online personal data - an ironic move from a company that has been in the headlines for obtaining the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users.

The company at the root of the Facebook user data debacle was reportedly in the midst of planning an ICO before all hell broke loose over its role in the breach. It's mostly focusing on internet users who may not be signed into Facebook at all times.

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