Facebook has not fully answered data privacy questions, say United Kingdom lawmakers

Facebook hasn't fully answered questions on privacy: UK lawmakers

As part of its inquiry, the committee has been investigating allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 US election campaign. The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user".

In their audit, the company examined how many third-party apps especially those created before Facebook's data policies were changed in 2014 had widespread access to user information.

Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, says that if any evidence is found that the suspended apps or other apps have misused data, they will be banned.

"We've received strong feedback from regulators and judicial systems outside of Europe that they want us to be directly responsive to them and not be required to go through Europe on data protection matters", Facebook said.

The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre.

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While Archibong admits that "there is a lot more work to be done" to find all potential violators of Facebook's policies, "we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible". The data of these users profiles was not only shared with the Cambridge researchers, the data was available to anyone wanting to access it.

For one, what criteria did Facebook use to decide if an app should be suspended?

If the former, the final tally could (hopefully) end up much lower than 200.

It added that "Cambridge Analytica is a data-driven marketing agency and does not manipulate political views". What will the final count be? In addition, they will also tell individuals by means of this site. Ideally, Facebook's in-person inspections of these hundreds of app-makers will turn up the truth sooner rather than later. Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry. Facebook took some time to publicize which Facebook users CA had data on, and still hasn't revealed which users had data scraped by Canadian consultancy firm AggregateIQ.

Facebook has said that up to 87 million people may have had data harvested by a personality test app which was then acquired by the company.

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