The bottom line on Facebook: User beware


As a result, what they expect of those companies is changing. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here", was an exemplary admission of personal and corporate responsibility. Given that the social network knows all of our "emotional hot buttons", McNamee believes, there is "something systemic" about the way that third parties can "destabilize" our democracies and economies.

If Congress wants to regulate Facebook, following the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation model, which states that every user has the right to be informed of where their information is going and that data has the right to be erased upon request of a user, could be a step in the right direction. Facebook also faces inquiries in Europe. And the company is partnering with researchers to better understand its role in elections. One problem Loup found here - which is that a user's not worth almost as much to Facebook as consumers seem to think - seems to also suggest that Facebook has a lot of work ahead to regain consumer trust.

Sadly, when two days of hearings with Zuckerberg - in a suit, not the usual T-shirt - were done, neither we nor Congress knew much more about the social network's failures or efforts to protect our privacy.

Confused about Facebook's new privacy rules? Even Zuckerberg thought the R-word was a good idea. And his company is planning to "connect the next 5 billion people" who have yet to go online. More important, the pieces of data I found objectionable, like the record of people I had unfriended, could not be removed from Facebook, either. 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.

"There's just so much stuff out there now", she said. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights already includes a right to privacy, as does the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The company could, for example, back efforts to modernize worldwide privacy law. From there, Facebook prompts the user to begin gathering the archived information, which will be sent to an email associated with the Facebook account.

It could, in short, lead a global race to the top and in the process promote cyber peace.

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In other words, Facebook continues to hold numerous cards despite the recent scandal. Apparently Facebook doesn't read the "terms for use" either. The law will require them to obtain consent for use of personal information in simple language. A crumb here, a crumb there - not only do Russians have a little info (even if we don't fill out some silly Facebook survey), but so does the identity thief across town.

The problem with free, of course, is that the entrepreneurs had to get their money from someone in order to have a business. That's because virtually no one reads those impossibly lengthy and unintelligible user agreements you must accept before accessing a particular service.

A key change is the company's move to eliminate a program called "Partner Categories", in which it worked with third-party "data brokers" to help advertising clients target their ads.

Richard Stolley, founding managing editor of People Magazine, famously (and somewhat ironically) described privacy as "fragile merchandise".

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A lot has been written about Facebook over recent weeks, with the coverage reaching a crescendo early this week following Mark Zuckerberg's ten hours of congressional testimony. If Facebook declared its support for both privacy and security as inalienable human rights akin to internet access, that could help the company get started, before policymakers in the USA and around the world step up to have their say.