Centre issues notice to Facebook on data breach

Laverne Mann
March 30, 2018

Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months.

The company acknowledged that it needed to "do more to keep people informed", but said the changes have been "in the works for some time".

The fallout from reports in several publications that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the Facebook data of 50 million users has continued.

"The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", Erin Egan, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, and Ashlie Beringer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.

Facebook Inc has adjusted privacy settings to give users more control over their information in a few taps, it said on Wednesday, after an outcry over a whistleblower's allegations that members' data was used to sway the 2016 USA election.

The ministry has asked social media major to submit a reply whether the company or its related or downstream agencies utilising Facebook's data have previously been engaged by any entities "to manipulate the Indian electoral process".

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologized for the mistakes the company made and has promised to crack down on abuse of the Facebook platform and restrict developers' access to user information.

"We're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy", they confirmed.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally made a decision to testify before US Congress after repeated calls to speak over data privacy.

"The solution isn't shifting the burden to the user because the problem is the negative externalities of the business model".

Facebook's move comes as authorities around the globe investigate how the social network handles and shares private data, and after its shares have tumbled more than 15 percent, wiping out tens of billions in market value.

"I think, given the extraordinary evidence we've heard so far today, it is absolutely astonishing that Mark Zuckerberg is not prepared to submit himself to questioning in front of a parliamentary or congressional hearing, given these are questions of fundamental importance and concern to his users, as well as to this inquiry", he said, as the Guardian reported.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook and attorneys representing 37 states are also pressing Zuckerberg to explain what happened.

Zuckerberg stayed mum for almost a week after the Cambridge Analytica controversy erupted, frustrating both lawmakers and Facebook employees.

On Wednesday, six consumer and privacy organizations called upon Facebook to cease all campaign contributions and election activity until they ensure the integrity of all apps on the platform.

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