Facebook Shared Our Data: What Does This Actually Mean?


Facebook Shared Our Data: What Does This Actually Mean?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


acebook has attracted controversy of late the way Taimur Ali Khan attracts journalists and photographers. It has been less than three months since the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal broke out, where personally identifiable information of up to 87 million people was used to attempt to influence voter opinion. Journalists wrote scathing articles, shared them on Facebook, Zuckerberg testified before Congress, and Facebook’s stock started to tank.

However, it is not water under the bridge for the social media company, as fresh reports emerged earlier this week, from The New York Times that Facebook had given at least 60 device makers “deep access” to data of users and their friends, without obtaining their explicit consent. In some cases the details were stored on the firm’s own servers. For once, even Mark wishes there was a dislike button.