European Union privacy watchdogs: Facebook apology 'simply is not enough'

Facebook officially rolls out 'data abuse' bounty program

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has admitted over 85 million users have had their data collected by the consulting company.

Speaking to the gravity of the situation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled down to Capitol Hill this week where he fielded pointed questions from lawmakers about data privacy and a range of other issues.

Earlier in the day, Zuckerberg said he believes it is "inevitable" that there will be regulation of his industry.

The scandal has brought up significant questions around data privacy laws and more stringent regulation of technology companies that process huge amounts of data - the main cause of Facebook's market value plummet. In a statement to Fox News after the hearing, however, the social media network said they are attempting to work things out.

SELYUKH: Yes. A number of concessions came out of Zuckerberg, especially on how much Facebook knows about people.

Lawmakers were at times aggressive Tuesday as they accused Zuckerberg of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the USA election.

Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom had the highest share of respondents - about 33 percent - who say that Facebook is having a "negative impact on society," according to McGinn's new survey.

If you haven't seen the prompt in your News Feed, you can check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by logging into the network and visiting this help page.

"But I think you have to be careful about putting regulation in place".

- Do you trust Facebook?

Nearly like a habit, when asked if Facebook collects data from devices where users have not logged in to their Facebook accounts, Zuckerberg retorted to stating that he will get back with an answer.

"The only way we're going to close this trust gap is through legislation that creates and empowers a sufficiently resourced expert oversight agency, with rulemaking authority to protect the digital privacy and ensure that companies protect our users' data". But Ross said it was public outcry following the Cambridge Analytica breach, and pressure during Zuckerberg's congressional testimony, that changed Facebook's position. And while its 2.13 billion monthly users don't pay any money to use the core service, Facebook makes plenty of money - millions daily - by selling access to users' data to advertisers. While not all respondents were Facebook users, a whopping 17% of respondents reported having removed the Facebook app from their smartphones, and 9% had deleted their accounts altogether. Third parties will no longer be able to make quite such free use of the unfathomable quantities of data that Facebook accumulates. "And in the future, only apps we approve that agree to strict requirements will be allowed to use the Events API", said Schroepfer.

"We acknowledge the communications of your global and regional representatives made directly to our office", the Philippines National Privacy Commission said in a letter addressed to Zuckerberg dated April 11.

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