Zuckerberg assures Congress that Facebook is not listening to users' conversations

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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.

In February, a Belgian court ruled that Facebook had violated European privacy law by tracking non-users because it had not obtained consent either to collect or store the data. So it's worth asking: In an era in which wealth and income inequality are glaringly persistent, should some technology companies continue to reap overwhelming profits while individuals on whose data they rely receive no compensation?

Interestingly, Facebook will still retain some of this data, as the official statement mentions.

They posted their biggest daily gain in almost two years on Tuesday as Mr Zuckerberg managed to deter any specific discussion about new regulations that might hamper Facebook's ability to sell ads tailored to users' profiles. The European Union has set a great example with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation: every internet user has the right to know when their data changes hands or is subject to a breach, and has the right to be forgotten. The act requires companies to disclose the type of personal data they gather and give people the right to prevent businesses from selling their personal data, CNET reported on Thursday. "I have zero expectation that this Congress is going to make adequate changes". All the same, the level of questioning suggests that those in Congress lack in some cases even a basic understanding of how Facebook - or online services more broadly - work.

When the Facebook CEO appeared before a US Senate joint committee hearing on Tuesday to answer questions on Facebook's scandals, there were no real upsets or scandalous remarks.

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The interesting question, however, is whether Facebook itself plans to make use of this, and here Mr Zuckerberg was less than entirely candid or open.

Side note: If you happened to believe this latest scam, please go read "Does Facebook's Green "BFF" Prove Your Account Is Secure? We'll have more than 20,000 by the end of this year", he added.

The archive also has knowledge of not only the advertisements a user has clicked on, but also which advertisers have downloaded the user's info. She also found that several brands had her on their advertising lists and had access to her information.

Facebook came under fire earlier this month after it was revealed the political data firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from up to 87 million users, hoping to glean insight on targeting American voters. Zuckerberg alluded to one on Wednesday: Who owns material shared across a social network to multiple users? The section titled "Was my information shared?" explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won't name which friends handed over your data to the app. "Of course, if this sentiment were to be similar across other countries, 15% of 2 billion users is a sizable chunk of the installed base that would disappear".

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