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Mark Zuckerberg struggles to quantify the extent of Facebook's intrusion into our privacy: Report

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform's tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, failed to answer questions about the process from U.S. politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California. When someone uses Facebook to log into a third party app, like Spotify or Uber, these third parties are given access to all personal data Facebook holds on the user.

As per some reports over the web, David Baser, who is Facebook's Product Management Director, has given a clarification regarding the company's tracking practices along with data usage. Baser said this data collection process is the same for any website or app, including YouTube, Google or Twitter, not just Facebook. He said, "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes". He cited Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon and Pinterest as only five examples of platforms known to be surveilling users. Finally, Facebook ads and measurement tools facilitate websites and apps with advertisements.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. The executive wrote: "These companies-and many others-also offer advertising services".

"It also gets cookies, which are identifiers that websites use to know if you've visited before. We also get information about which website or app you're using, which is necessary to know when to provide our tools". However, if the website you are visiting uses Facebook technology, you are often left with little choice.

The ACLU is pushing US lawmakers to enact broad privacy legislation including a requirement for consent prior to data collection. One of the conditions that app came attached with was that its developer could save any and all data sourced from one's voluntary use of the game. If someone tries to log into your account using an IP address from a different country, we might ask some questions to verify it's you. If you give me those things, I'll give you what you want.

The blog post concluded by going over what controls users have over their data.

Zuckerberg had told the US Congress last week that his own personal data was part of 87 million users' that was "improperly shared" with British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

"Going forward, we're going to address this by verifying the identity of every single advertiser who's running political or issue-oriented ads to make it so that foreign actors or people trying to spoof their identity or say that they're someone that they're not can not run political ads or run large pages", said Zuckerberg during his Congressional testimony.

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