So, the Cambridge Analytica scandal sucked didn’t it? Well, it seems like Facebook only now has decided to admit to the crime everybody knew they did. As such they have given special access to dozens of tech companies to User Data despite the fact that they denied doing so in 2015, clearly, that wasn’t the case.
More than 60 companies with different focuses had access to user information on Facebook. These companies ranged from America Online (AOL), United Parcel Service (UPS), and even dating apps got access to user information at some point.
As anyone can imagine the data was shared without any sort of user consent. Not only that, but the amount of data that was shared was pretty thorough. Things such as names, birth dates, genders and friends’ names were included among the data that was leaked.
This confession was told in a 747-page document for the Congress which was delivered last Friday. This document was made in response to the unending amount of questions surrounding the Cambridge Analytica incident in April.
“We engaged companies to build integrations for a variety of devices, operating systems, and other products where we and our partners wanted to offer people a way to receive Facebook or Facebook experiences,” the company said in the documents. “These integrations were built by our partners, for our users, but approved by Facebook.”
This asinine stunt can only be compensated by the fact that Facebook stated that 38 of the partnerships were ended already (Some not even by Facebook) with plans on discontinuing 7 more throughout the course of July. However, that is more like a silver lining than actual good news.
Facebook will still try really hard to recover from the damage done by the Cambridge Analytica incident. I’d say kick them while they are down and continue to give them a huge backlash until they confirm that all of the partnerships done are closed, but hey, that’s neither here nor there.
I would say, however, that a major problem with User Trust is definitely the concern regarding Privacy. However, a lot of companies seemed to have actually updated their policies to actually be more secure in that regard, so the future might look slightly brighter.