Mozilla suspends ads on Facebook over data privacy concerns

The Outrage Over Facebook New Data Policy

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie

Facebook says it may take up to 90 days for all the data associated with your account to be wiped, but you can't change your mind after the first few days are up. This forbids marketing on the basis of personal characteristics, such as sexual orientation or political beliefs - which has been proved to be the basis of Facebook's advertising offer.

Facebook says Cambridge Analytica got the data inappropriately - but only because the app said it collected data for research rather than political profiling. As social media scholar Zeynep Tufekci wrote in the New York Times, "If Facebook failed to understand that this data could be used in unsafe ways, that it shouldn't have let anyone harvest data in this manner and that a third-party ticking a box on a form wouldn't free the company from responsibility, it had no business collecting anyone's data in the first place".

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in nine major British and United States newspapers on Sunday to apologise for a huge data privacy scandal. You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle - allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections. "And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected", the ads stated.

In a stunning series of Tweets, a former Obama campaign official disclosed that Facebook permitted the campaign to "mine" its users personal profile information because Facebook wanted Obama to win reelection.

While all of these updates should vastly improve data privacy on Facebook, it's inexcusable that it took a major PR disaster for the company to implement them. Facebook has become a one-stop shop for so many things. Everson reiterated that "none of our largest partners have" threatened to cut spending.

Its anti-tracking feature substitutes private data with random information to throw them off your trail, while there is also an anti-phishing feature to thwart data theft. That is what they are watching.

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If your boycott of Facebook has more to do with your view of the company than with tiring of the Facebook service, you might consider deleting Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger as well - they are all owned by Facebook.

The meshes with what one top ad buying executive told Business Insider.

"Facebook is not a neutral host", said Tucker Carlson on Thursday evening on his Fox News program. And now even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been forced to admit an escalating crisis of trust. That's striking, in an era of consumer protection in which alcohol, cigarettes and even smartphones come packaged with dire warnings about health and safety - and some experts are starting to beat the drum for some form of universal disclosure for data collection.

"It's the volcano that was going to erupt at some point - we just didn't know when", Ben Williams, director of communications and operations at Germany-based Adblock Plus, said. We have to work incredibly hard to rebuild trust where we've lost it.

How do I stop apps accessing my data? A 13-per-cent stock plunge is a blip for a company whose value is based nearly entirely on data.

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