Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Facebook says it will limit the data advertisers have access to

Facebook says it will limit the data advertisers have access to

"I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica's misuse of millions of Facebook users' information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens' privacy".

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Facebook shares are down almost 18 percent since 16 March, when it first acknowledged that user data had been improperly channelled to Cambridge Analytica, eating away almost $100 billion of the company's market value.

It comes after Facebook tweaked its privacy controls yesterday to make it easier to safeguard privacy, as it continues to carry out damage limitation measures in the wake of the misuse of data on 50 million users by Cambridge Analytica.

Meanwhile, Facebook said that it is taking additional steps which will be rolled out in coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy.

Facebook reportedly declined to comment on how the change could affect its ad revenue.

Among the privacy setting changes is a redesign of its privacy settings for mobile phones so that they'll appear on a single screen, instead of spread across 20 different ones. It claims that the experience is now now clearer, more visual, and easy-to-find.

The ministry raised five questions for Facebook, including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner, and gave the networking giant a deadline of April 7 to send detailed response.

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Facebook, which is reeling from a scandal over its handling of personal data, on Sunday acknowledged that it had been logging some users' call and text history but said it had done so only when users of the Android operating system had opted in.

Had Facebook ended its relationship with third party data providers for targeted adverts earlier, it would not have prevented Cambridge Analytica from accessing the user data, as it was collected through a developer. Facebook took out to the nine important British and the United States newspaper on Sunday to apologise to the users and published full-page ads.

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Part of GDPR requires companies to allow users to download the data held on them and let them transfer it to another service if they want.

Facebook said in a blog post it had been working on the updates for some time but sped things up to appease users' anger over how the company uses data and as lawmakers around the globe call for regulation.

Some people might like such personalized ads, but others may find them intrusive or manipulative. One can also delete anything from their profile or their timeline. The rules are created to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

At the time, Facebook allowed Kogan to collect the data for academic use specifically.

"I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform".

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