Facebook's Phone-Scraping "Scandal" Just Shows How Little We Trust the Company

Facebook Data Scandal To Change The Way 73% Of Canadians Use It: Angus Reid Survey

The survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians use Facebook every day. Last week, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate commerce committees formally invited Mr. Zuckerberg to testify. But he suggested other executives might be better qualified to field questions from lawmakers.

While Zuckerberg has published an apology seeking for the public's' consideration and explaining the circumstances around the ordeal, opinion polls recently conducted by Reuters show that a large number of the public no longer trust the company on account of their breach of trust. The chairman, Damian Collins, said his panel has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data.

Still, the timing of the revelation couldn't be worse for Facebook. Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way.

In Zuckerberg's explanation, an app built by a university researcher was responsible for leaking Facebook's data of millions of people in 2014.

And a group of 37 attorneys general on Monday sent a letter to Mr. Zuckerberg asking for details about Facebook's privacy safeguards.

"In future we will have to regulate companies like Facebook much more strictly", Katarina Barley said after talks to which she summoned Facebook executives including European public affairs chief Richard Allan. He scheduled the hearing for April 10.

But Ars Technica noted that Facebook's "opt-in" process did not make it obvious to users that they were agreeing to this kind of data collection. A date has not been set, and it's unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.

The FTC's confirmation that it is investigating Facebook is the latest of the social media giant's problems after the New York Times and British newspaper the Observer reported that Cambridge Analytica had aimed to use Facebook user data in an attempt to sway voter opinions.

"The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook", said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. According to the Reuters poll, only 41 percent of consumers trust Facebook to obey US privacy laws.

- INDIVIDUAL STATES: The attorneys general for 37 US states and territories sought details Monday on how Facebook monitored what app developers did with data collected on Facebook users and whether Facebook had safeguards to prevent misuse.

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