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Government demands answers from Facebook over data breach by April 7

Government demands answers from Facebook over data breach by April 7

He had said the matter has become critical in India too because Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are found to be involved in influencing elections in undesirable manner and the company too admitting the same in Channel 4 News recently.

They are also adding tools to allow users to see what data is being collected and giving them the option and ability to delete any of it.

"It is felt that there is a need for further information about the data breach from Facebook".

They come amid intensifying scrutiny from users, regulators and lawmakers over Facebook's admission on March 16 that user data was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm that worked for the 2016 Trump campaign. "We'll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it".

Numerous new privacy features are required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Independent reports, which is the EU's new data regulator that comes into effect on 25 May. Data mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of harvesting personal information of over 50 million Facebook users illegally to influence polls in several countries.

Advertisers would still be able to use third-party data services to measure how well their ads performed by examining purchasing data, Facebook said.

"The biggest difference is ease of access in settings, which fulfills Mark Zuckerberg's promise to make the privacy process and permissions more transparent to users", Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said.

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He apologized for the data debacle that upended the social media giant and said he was ready to testify before Congress.

Aside from delaying the launch of the Portal smart home device, Facebook is reportedly implementing some changes on how it will store users' data.

Tools to find, download and delete Facebook data.

"We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalise the program updates in the coming weeks". "With the GDPR coming into force in a couple of months, data privacy is now high on many organisations' agendas".

In response to the investigation into privacy, Facebook plans to roll out a new, centralized page for privacy and security settings, according to the New York Times.

"It's been a very intense week", Sherman said in an interview. In addition, Facebook aims to make downloading data shared easier for its users.

"We've also cleaned up outdated settings so it's clear what information can and can't be shared with apps", Facebook said in the announcement. "The result is that we're more likely to exist in echo chambers and be exposed to more and more narrow slices of news", said Michael Stefanone, Ph.D., a University at Buffalo communication department associate professor.


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