Facebook privacy engineers have revealed that the company has access to the data collected and the company’s “open frame“The system collects as well as aggregates user data from a wide range of first and third party sources.
Because of “open borders” first-party user data, third-party data, and even sensitive data are all stored together. Because of this it is not an easy task to control a particular part of this data.
“We do not have a sufficient level of control and interpretability over how our systems use the data, and thus cannot confidently make controlled policy changes or external commitments such as ‘we will use X data for Y purposes’. will not,” engineers wrote in a 2021 memo, according to Facebook’s privacy motherboard. “And yet, this is exactly what regulators expect us to do.”
Engineers also said they are struggling to understand and figure out where the data of its 2.9 billion users is after it made its way into Facebook’s automated systems.
According to the company’s privacy engineers, they don’t have enough control to maintain standards about what data is collected and how it is used that could expose the company to fines over its data controls.
“While this document does not describe our comprehensive procedures and controls for complying with privacy regulations, it is incorrect to conclude that this reflects non-compliance. New privacy regulations around the world address varying requirements. and this document reflects the technical solutions we are building to remedy existing measures to manage data and meet our obligations,” a Meta spokesperson told Motherboard.
Data of 533 million Facebook users leaked online
According to news reports, personal data of 533 million Facebook users was leaked online on hacker forums last year. The breach affected 6 million Indian users and included details such as phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, dates of birth, bios and in some cases email addresses.
Meanwhile, a vulnerability reported in late 2019 enabled anyone to look up the phone numbers associated with more than 400 million Facebook users. At the time, the social media giant claimed that the data had been removed from Facebook.
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