Zuckerberg barely talked about Facebook's biggest global problem

A key discussion in the five-hour hearing was the urban legend that Facebook secretly records audio through microphones on a phone to target advertisements to users.

Forty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are somewhat concerned about what Facebook is doing with their private data, and 36 percent said they are very concerned. As Rep. Lujan was suggesting, it's likely that the Facebook data users are able to view on the platform is likely only the tip of the company's enormous data iceberg. "We are not anticipating major changes to our overall revenue and business model". It doesn't. But it does trade off user data.

On Wednesday, top European Union data protection authorities banded together to signal their full support for the British probe. Throughout the hearings, members of Congress struggled to understand how Facebook works, let alone to diagnose and agree on the precise problems that should be fixed by regulation.

"Facebook will be fine", Recode journalists wrote, paraphrasing what Mark Zuckeberg had said during a conference call with reporters on April 4. Stressing that there is an online propaganda "arms race" with Russian Federation and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections including in India, Zuckerberg told Congress that his own personal data was "improperly shared".

But, aside from Zuck flat-out denying that Facebook listens to your conversations, important questions about consumer data rights went largely unanswered - in part because they weren't asked.

We also try to find out whether something bad is going on at University of Cambridge when it comes to academic use of Facebook data, as Mr Zuckerberg suggested. For example, Facebook tracks your activity across websites outside the platform, including not just what sites you visit, but whether you've made purchases or shared information with a company-that's how it knows what ads should be targeted to you. The statement added that the Messenger apps would now "only upload to our servers the information needed to offer this feature-not broader data such as the time of calls".

Lujan: It's been admitted by Facebook that you do collect data points on non-[Facebook users]. My question is, can someone who does not have a Facebook account opt out of Facebook's involuntary data collection?

Happy Friday the 13th: This is just the latest in a seemingly unending parade of ethical dilemmas in Facebook's 14 years of existence. She also found that several brands had her on their advertising lists and had access to her information.

CNBC reports that both the London-based elections consultancy and Facebook are at the center of an ongoing dispute regarding the alleged harvesting and use of personal data.

"The Internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he said.

Next month, the European Union countries will introduce General Data Protection Regulation.

Give users greater access to and control over their data.

The U.S. Congress appears to be a long ways away from introducing similar legislation.

  • Zachary Reyes