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Facebook has been collecting data of non-Facebook users

Facebook has been collecting data of non-Facebook users Facebook has been collecting data of non-Facebook users
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 03:50

If there is one thing we can learn from the day two of Zuckerberg's hearing it is - that despite getting better at acting and constantly apologising, Zuckerberg still remains a bad liar.

Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg fielded 10 hours of questions over two days from almost 100 U.S. lawmakers and emerged largely unscathed - and considerably richer.

"We're skeptical of Congress' ability to get meaningful reforms passed", he told the E-Commerce Times, "but we look forward to reviewing any statutory language as it's proposed".

The data scandal wiped away tens of billions of dollars from Facebook's market value, prompted political scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic and even raised the once unthinkable question of whether Zuckerberg should step down as CEO.

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. "You need freedom from surveillance to do that".

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation".

But even in this hesitant camp, lawmakers showed a willingness to do just that.

Mr Zuckerberg again demurred, saying: "I'm going to direct my team to focus on this".

"Your user agreement sucks", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, told Zuckerberg.

At the Senate hearing, Zuckerberg said he was willing to consider new restrictions, and agreed to send suggestions to Congress. Senators signalled they may move to rein in Facebook, which has thrived as part of an online industry that has largely escaped regulation.

With the outrage surrounding Facebook's privacy policies reaching a fever pitch over the past few weeks, there has been something of an underground movement calling for users to delete their Facebook account altogether. Another 35 percent had changed their settings on the platform, presumably to expose less of their personal data, while 28 percent never trusted Facebook to begin with. Facebook, however, is a place where everybody knows your name. And Facebook pays for security personnel and security systems at his residences, according to the filing.

But he maintained that advertising enables Facebook to offer a free service and that targeted ads based on user categories were more acceptable to users, even if they could opt out. Yet you seem to have no privacy. "That's challenging", says Chris Lewis, VP of Public Knowledge, a tech advocacy group.

Lewis expects this to be more of a "deliberative" year for Congress on this front, rather than a year that sees much new legislation passed. Everyone does. And in one sense, they're right. "If you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account and visit a website with the Like button or another social plugin, your browser sends us a more limited set of info".

"The objective of a user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end, not inform users of their rights".

Representative Greg Walden of OR, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also said Wednesday that the panel intended "to widen our lens to larger questions about the fundamental relationship between tech companies and their users". If so, Facebook could be subject to hefty fines. Even so, the US FTC chose to open an investigation.