The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly. Facebook had it turned on by default.
The bill's sponsors said they welcomed Facebook's support. "That, to me, was the failure".
The European Union says that Facebook has told it that up to 2.7 million people in the 28-nation bloc may have been victim of improper data sharing involving political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.
Over the past few weeks, the scandal has mushroomed into investigations across continents, including a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Zuckerberg is scheduled to face questions from two USA congressional panels next week about how his company handles its users' data.
Well, that wish might soon be a reality on Facebook Messenger with the platform promising to make an "unsend" feature available to all users.
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He said it was "insane" that Facebook had yet to take legal action against Cambridge parent SCL Group over the inappropriate data use. Outside experts believe they could have been identity thieves, scam artists or shady data brokers assembling marketing profiles.
"When we received word that this researcher gave the data to Cambridge Analytica, they assured us it was deleted", she said.
Facebook clarified in a statement on Thursday. The company's business model operates on the assumption that people who buy the same items and have similar interests - "the same "data points" - likely have similar personalities. "We're also not changing any of the privacy choices you've made in the past". But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defence by cycling through multiple IP addresses.
Whether social media is breaching users privacy, trust should always be a concern, and most importantly how much users choose to put on the internet is to be noted. It is the user's responsibility to read how data is being used.
Having access to such a massive amount of data could also pose national security risks, Winterton said.
According to Sandberg, Facebook's collection of data that users "are inputting" and "sharing" voluntarily does not count as "sweeping up".
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A police spokeswoman in the western city , Vanessa Arlt, told AFP that the driver of the vehicle " shot himself". CNN reports that the driver has killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.
The California State Teachers' Retirement System, with almost $1 billion in Facebook stock as of past year, on Thursday also said it would question the company about privacy protections.
The company will hire thousands more employees to roll out the changes ahead of important elections around the world, including the 2018 US midterms.
The company has tried to simplify its settings multiple times over the years, most recently this week. Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who previously worked at Cambridge Analytica, has alleged that AggregateIQ worked with the data firm and received payment from a pro-Brexit campaign group before the 2016 referendum that saw the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union, according to Reuters.
How will users be notified of Facebook's new privacy policies?
"Protecting your Information" will include a link to the apps they've used and what information they've shared those applications.
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He also sent a defiant message to Spanish authorities. "It is a shame for Europe to have political prisoners", Puigdemont said. Barley said it was now up to Spain to prove their embezzlement charges against Puigdemont , which she said "won't be easy".
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