What does Facebook “know what youre talking about”? Clearly a whole lot more than it’s cozy telling on.
Today, during witnes in front of the House Energy& Commerce committee, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was pulped by congressman Jerry McNerney on whether Facebook lets users download all their message — and he dissolved up appearing to contract its own cookies policy, which — if you go and actually read it — territories pretty clearly that Facebook collects customers’ browsing data.
See, for e.g .:
Yet you won’t find your browsing data included in the simulate of the information you can requirements for Facebook. Nor will you find a complete list of all the advertisers that have told Facebook they can target you with ads. Nor will you find lots of other articles of personal information like portraits that Facebook knows you’re in but which were uploaded by other users, or a phone number you declined to share with it but which was uploaded anyway because one of your friends synced their contacts with its apps, thereby handing your digits over without your say so.
And that’s just to specify a few of the missing parts of information that Facebook knows and impounds about you — won’t tell you about if you ask it for a follow of” your information “.
Here’s the key exchange — which is worth speak in full to see how carefully Zuckerberg worded his replies 😛 TAGEND
McNerney : strong>” Is there currently a residence that I can download all of the Facebook information about me including the websites that I have visited ?”
Zuckerberg : strong>” Yes congressman. We have a download your information tool, we’ve had it for years, you can go to it in your arranges and download all of the content that you have on Facebook .”
McNerney : strong>” Well my staff, precisely this morning, downloaded their information materials and their browsing history is not in it. So are you saying that Facebook does not have browsing history ?”
Zuckerberg : strong>” Congressman that would be correct. If we don’t have material in there then that means that you don’t have it on Facebook. Or you haven’t put it there .”
McNerney : strong>” I’m not quite on board with this. Is there any other information that Facebook has obtained about me whether Facebook obtained it or procured it from a third party that would not indicated in the download ?”
Zuckerberg : strong>” Congressman, my understanding is everything of your intelligence is included in download your info .”
McNerney : strong>” I’m going to follow up with this afterwards .”
If you read Zuckerberg’s answers carefully you’ll see that every time he reframes the question to only pertain to information that Facebook < em> customers have themselves put on Facebook.
What he is absolutely not talking about is the much more bulky — and almost completely unnoticed — supermassive blackhole’s worth of data the company itself amasses about useds( and surely, non-users) via a variety of on and offsite moving process, including — outside its walled plot — cookies, pixels and social plug-ins embedded on third party websites.
According to pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo, Facebook’s trackers are on almost a part of the top million websites — meaning that anyone browsing popular websites can have specific activities recorded by Facebook, linked to their Facebook identity, and accumulated by the company in its prodigiou but unseen individual profiling databases.
This background surveillance has get Facebook into legal hot water with several European personal data protection agencies. Albeit it hasn’t — thus far — stopped the company moving Internet consumers’ habits.
The key disconnect evident in Zuckerberg’s testimony is that Facebook mulls of this kind of information( metadata if “youd prefer”) as are subordinate to it — rather than to the individuals whose name is linked to it( relating also be carried out in Facebook ).
Hence the tool Zuckerberg flagged in front of Congress is very deliberately called ” download your information”[ emphasis mine ].
With that wording Facebook does not promise to give users a fake of any of the information it has pervasively collected on them.( Doing so is certainly be far more expensive, for one thing .)
Although given that McNerney pulped Zuckerberg in his follow up for a specific rebut on” any other information that Facebook has obtained about me” — and the CEO still equivocated, it’s hardly a good look.
Transparency and plateau considering from Facebook? Quite the contrary on this front.