Cambridge Analytica Scandal.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s repeated assurance to regulators that the social media giant is serious about ensuring data privacy is not standing the test of time in the light of the
Facebook Data Breaches.
In the eye of the storm once again, Facebook has a lot to answer post Constine’s expose of how
the company paid teenagers to install VPNs on their phone and then extract all the data from their phone to study competitor activity.
The VPN dubbed “Facebook Research” has close similarity to the company’s Onavo Project that was banned by Apple in June 2018. TechCrunch’s investigation has confirmed that Facebook decided to circumnavigate Apple’s ban and in the garb of a “Research” app lured teens to download the new app and give Facebook root access to monitor the network traffic. Apple is bound to react to this clear violation of its policies.
The investigation found that Facebook paid users between the age group of 13 and 35 years, up to $20 per month as referral fees to download the app on Android and iOS. These users were even asked to give Facebook screenshots of their Amazon order history (past 30 days) page.
Wildest part of my scoop on Facebook buying teens’ privacy is it demanded screenshots of their Amazon order history… https://t.co/aRVcOEZ1fb
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) 1548816260000
By granting root access, Facebook users risked exposing their chats from social messaging apps, photos/videos shared with others, web searches, emails, information on browsing activity and even access to private messages they shared using social media apps.
This revelation comes close on the heels of Zuckerberg’s attempt at outlining “The Facts about Facebook” an Op-Ed published on Wall Street Journal. A lot to answer for Facebook and its CEO, let’s see how the company responds to these latest allegations on data privacy concerns.