Facebook adds fuel to privacy row: We track non-users, says Zuckerberg

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Facebook adds fuel to privacy row: We track non-users, says Zuckerberg

Companies can also match their information on what they purchase in stores - that box of cereal at the supermarket, for example - and marry it with Facebook account information. FB, the $480 billion, 4th largest corporate giant in the world, generates $40 billion in advertising a year by trading data about the personal lives and preferences it has harvested from account holders.

"What is important for us as a media house is the ongoing monitoring of how people are using our platform and the proxy of social media of our overall platform to control things like hate speech". They have to have some knowledge of how other companies in their chain, be it data suppliers or customers, are using that data.

"If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary".

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress Tuesday and Wednesday, Facebook users - among many - are still wondering if online privacy still exists.

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin says that Facebook is not the only company that collects data in this way.

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That's an overstatement. Most basic information, like my birthday, could not be deleted.

Elsewhere, a prominent Democratic digital ad consultant notes that Facebook hasn't reached out directly to communicate any of the changes it's making - whether by phone, email or Facebook - despite the fact he spent more than $1 million on Facebook ads a year ago. "Richard Blumenthal and Kamala Harris, urged their constituents to follow a link to their own Facebook pages, where they were streaming Facebook Live video of the proceedings on Capitol Hill". He added that data was kept around to eventually help brands serve targeted ads.

Also on the public bathroom wall, next to the picture of yourself, your friends and family and all that information we just mentioned, would you also tape a list of all your friends, and if they are good friends, and maybe their friends? I think that suggests he is a very serious and determined person with staying power. "I think that clearly what's going on with Facebook is a wake-up call, and something like this was bound to happen, but Facebook as an entity is so integrated into the travel agent mindset that it's going to stick around". Here's what I learned.

Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are not even Facebook users who have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement". This contained the 764 names and phone numbers of everyone in my iPhone's address book. Other information comes from "cookies", small files stored via a browser and used by Facebook and others to track people on the internet, sometimes to target them with ads.

As Nick Bilton put it, "from a business standpoint, Facebook's barbarism seemed to work out well for the company".

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Next, Ijaz joins Facebook, transferring his telephone's contacts as well. LinkedIn, the social network for job-seekers, lets paying users see who has viewed their profile.

The most notable development during the two-day testimony was the bipartisan push for greater data regulation, which is atypical given the Republicans' overall aversion towards regulation, but perhaps not surprising in this situation.

That app was called Facebook Poke and ended up being a huge flop but since then Facebook's Instagram has gone out of its way to copy Snapchat's popular features in an effort to squeeze its rival.

Facebook's explanation was dissatisfying.

David Vladeck, a Georgetown University law professor who headed the FTC's bureau of consumer protection when Facebook signed the deal, said in a blog post this month that Facebook's argument that it didn't violate the deal is are "far-fetched".

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