The change has led to the breach of private information from its over 50 million users being shared publicly with a political consultancy. For the first time since the scandal erupted, Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg came out through a Facebook post in the limelight to seek for an apology. He acknowledged that the policies that were used were a breach of privacy for its users which they were expected to protect.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook post. “We also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.” According to him the company has changed some of the policies and rules that made the breach easy. In a very apologetic tone, Mark Zukerberg explained of his disappointment in the issue for the breach of trust.
The breach of privacy started in 2007 to 2014 where third party application developers gained continuous access to the user’s personal data. In 2014, Facebook blocked some of the strategies used to gain the information but not fully. It wasn’t until a Cambridge University student gained access of more than 50 million user’s personal data from Facebook for political and commercial use.
The story erupted when there was a public outcry from the UK and US to investigate how their information got in the hands of the application developers. Mark Zukerberg defended himself with the claims that Facebook was holding audits to determine how much information got out and the applications involved. Weeks ago, there was a public movement to sign a petition for Mark to disclose the users whose information was used in the famous Kogan data operation. The petition has so far garnered 15,000 signatures.
Facebook and Cambridge University faces a law suit where Jonathan Bright who claims that the security review by the Facebook support does not guarantee the personal data safety. Reviewers argue that the issue is not new to the Facebook team and Mark should come out clean about the issue. Personal data breach has been there for years and the team acts to be caught surprised.
Zukerberg contradicts his statements arguing that they were aware of the breach of personal data and relied on Kogan and Cambridge analytical to destroy the information. A grave ‘mistake’ that the CEO is paying for and should answer to its users. Mark seems to be reacting to furore rather than him reacting to the actual facts. In a race to surpass the technology, Facebook was trying to build new tools for the application when they opened new doors for data breach. The challenge seems to be an adopted culture and cannot be quantified as an unfortunate instance of misuse. The problem cannot be slit off and Mark will have to give good explanations and the way forward to ensure good security for its user’s information.
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