Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday. "We are seeking to understand the internal functioning of Facebook, including third-party linked apps offering trivia and quizzes to users, and why such platforms are able to lure people into submitting their personal information," Commissioner General Pol. Ari Dono Sukmanto, chief of the National Polices Criminal Investigation Department, noted in Jakarta. The police have suspected that some third-party companies have misused the personal information of Facebook users, who are mainly from Indonesia. "Due to the leak, personal information of users is later inappropriately used by other parties (for some commercial interests)," the chief remarked. The police have yet to provide details on the investigation, as it is still underway. However, he has yet to receive any reports of data … [Read more...] about Police probes Facebook over data privacy violation
Drew Harwell, The Washington Post Published 10:46 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 With Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg getting grilled on Capitol Hill this week over his company's data-gathering practices, privacy experts are asking a central question: Who let Google off the hook? The titan of search, smartphones and Web browsing makes more money off its users than Facebook, gathers more of their data and covers parts of their lives that Facebook can only dream of, Google documents show: what websites they've looked at, what places they've visited and many (if not all) of their searches, calendars, documents and emails. But in the privacy firestorm that has grown out of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has emerged almost entirely unscathed. Google executives were originally invited to testify on the use and abuse of data, but the Senate committee ultimately decided against pursuing it, and the company was referenced only sparingly during several hours of … [Read more...] about Facebook is now in the data-privacy spotlight. Could Google be next?
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, says its time for Congress to step in and "exercise some oversight" on the issue of data privacy as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify on Capitol Hill on the protection of its users' data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While lawmakers are just asking how Facebook allowed for political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to obtain data on as many as 87 million users, some politicians are now questioning if regulations should be in place to prevent similar cases of data harvesting from ever happening again. "We'll determine after we do that whether or not there are steps that need to be taken in the form of regulation or legislation going forward, but right now we want to get the answers and we think Facebook needs to be accountable, transparent and I'm glad Mr. Zuckerberg is appearing today," Thune told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday. Thune, who serves as chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and … [Read more...] about Sen. John Thune on data privacy: “It’s time for Congress to exercise some oversight”
The buck stops with Zuck. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got gussied up Monday in a dark suit and gray tie to issue an apology to Congress over a series of screw-ups, including spreading fake news, leaking private data and aiding Russia’s influence over the 2016 presidential election. The Harvard dropout sugarcoated the apology by touting the website as an “idealistic and optimistic company” that has helped raise money for disaster relief and propel the #MeToo and March for Our Lives movements. But he also took the blame for the dark side of Facebook. Zuckerberg plans to tell Congess Facebook issues are ‘my mistake' “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm, as well,” he said in prepared remarks. In the remarks released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he is expected to deliver Wednesday, Zuckerberg apologizes for fake news, hate … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg dresses up in Washington to apologize to Congress for Facebook data privacy scandal
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's privacy scandal (all times local):1 p.m.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company was too slow to spot or respond to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He's also apologizing for a privacy scandal that allowed third-party apps to harvest the personal data of users without their consent.Zuckerberg says in an opening statement to be delivered to congressional committees, "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here."He says that includes "fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy."Zuckerberg says Facebook is an "idealistic and optimistic company." But he says Facebook didn't take a broad enough view of its responsibility. He says that was a "big mistake."He's scheduled to testify Tuesday and Wednesday before Senate and House oversight committees.——12:30 p.m.Mark Zuckerberg says the company has a responsibility to make … [Read more...] about The Latest: Zuckerberg apologizes for data privacy scandal