Australian privacy commissioner to probe Facebook over data scandal

Zuckerberg himself will be questioned by Congress for the first time on Tuesday.

Access by apps is under scrutiny following allegations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on millions of Facebook users through an app that claimed to be a research tool.

Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) has confessed that the recently revealed data breaches were far more extensive than initially reported. European Union ruled that while Facebook had said it would not combine data from WhatsApp it later announced it would begin doing so, and that would allow it to gain an unfair advantage over rivals.

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"Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million Europeans or people in the EU to be more precise may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica", a Commission spokesman said.

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Cambridge Analytica said in a statement that it had data for only 30 million people. On the other hand, regulatory and user pressure has sometimes led Facebook to pull back on its data collection and use and to explain things in plainer language - in contrast to dense legalese from many other internet companies. Going forward, banal timepass digital quizzes on whether you are Phoebe or Ross from Friends will not allow the app to automatically access the data of hundreds of your friends. Users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will be told of that. "I think there needs to be more oversight", said Maleny.

The privacy of your Facebook messages does not extend to Facebook itself, and they can be scanned for content.

The controversy involves allegations of the improper use of private Facebook information to help support major political wins, including Donald Trump's 2016 USA presidential campaign.

In their joint letter the local groups said Facebook's response to hate speech and vicious rumors in Myanmar has been "inadequate" for years, adding that their offers to help craft broader solutions have gone unanswered.

In March the UN's special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Facebook had morphed into a "beast" and had incited "a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities".

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Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on when it discovered the data scraping.

The setting Zuckerberg refers to is the one where users let other users search for them by phone number or email address rather than by name. "This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analysed anyone's data".

Facebook, however, told The Verge that the patient data would instead be used more generally.

In late January Facebook removed the page of popular anti-Rohingya monk Wirathu. He will appear before both the Senate and the House next week.

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