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1ClassyLady 68F
3120 posts
3/23/2018 9:09 pm
Facebook hit with four lawsuits in one week over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has been sued 4 times in Northern California federal courts this week in response to the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal, SFGate reports. The London-based data analytics firm misused data from as many as 50 million users, as reports from The Guardian and The New York Times revealed last weekend.

A Facebook user, Lauren Price of Maryland, filed a suit in San Jose on Tuesday on behalf of up to 50 million people whose data was used by Cambridge Analytica. It’s a class action lawsuit that claims Facebook had “absolute disregard” for her personal data, despite allegedly stating it wouldn’t disclose data without permission or at least notice. The suit also noted that during the 2016 presidential election, Price often saw political ads on her own Facebook feed.

Individual shareholders in Facebook, Fan Yuan and Robert Casey, each filed their own class action lawsuit against the company, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and CFO David Wehner. The plaintiffs seek to recover the losses incurred when Facebook’s stock tanked this week, which cost the company nearly 10 percent of its market value.

The 4th lawsuit, submitted yesterday in San Jose by attorney Jeremiah Hallisey, is filed on behalf of the company’s shareholders against Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, and board members. The suit claims that the executives and board of directors failed to stop the data breach or tell users about it when it happened, and therefore violated their fiduciary duty.

Hallisey is asking for payment that restores the company shareholders to their previous positions and a court order for Facebook to improve its internal processes. We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment.

Both Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and COO, Sheryl Sanberg apologized.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
3/29/2018 11:07 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook has weighed in on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that Facebook has been grappling with for the past two weeks.

British data company Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain Facebook user data for over 50 million people by abusing Facebook's own tools, causing an uproar that knocked billions off of Facebook's market value and forced CEO Mark Zuckerberg to publicly apologize.

The Apple CEO said the situation is "dire" and that he believed regulation is necessary during a public speech in China on Saturday — without specifically mentioning Facebook by name, according to a Bloomberg report.

From the report:

"I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary," Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn't exist."

He continued:

"We've worried for a number of years that people in many countries were giving up data — probably without knowing fully what they were doing, and that these detailed profiles that were being built of them — that one day something would occur, and people would be incredibly offended by what had been done without them being aware of it. Unfortunately that prediction has come true more than once."

Apple is unique among big tech companies in that it doesn't have any substantial advertising business, except for a few search advertisements on the App Store.

Instead, Apple makes its money by selling premium computer equipment, giving it an incentive to maximize user privacy and security to keep its customers happy. It also means Apple doesn't need to collect data to target ads, like Google and Facebook do.

Recently, Apple has been marketing and promoting its strong privacy stance by saying, "At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right."

Apple's general language and privacy position goes back at least to 2010 under late CEO Steve Jobs.

The company's business model has allowed the iPhone company to take a strong stand on user privacy, especially compared to Android phones. For example, a report on Saturday said Facebook saved user data from Android phones that included the time and recipient of text messages and calls.

iPhones never gave the Facebook app the ability to store text or call data.

Honesty is the best policy.

beyondfantasy3 113M
4740 posts
3/29/2018 4:57 am

I have it but don't use it, I had a previous profile, but could not delete, it, the one that exist I have no data in it.
I just switched to an Android phone, and when I try to delete the Facebook app, I don't get an "uninstall" .... on a "disable".

The sad thing about face book, is people who do use it, that use our pictures and anything about us, 'Facebook bots mine that data anyway without our consent or approval, even if I tried to get my family to delete pictures of me, or any reference to me, its still on Facebook's servers. I do not use any blog script that make it mandatory to use a Facebook Log in.
I'm not overly thrilled by having an Android, because Google controls that and they are aggregious as well in collecting data on people of any and every type. I've long known that, text and calls, "go through someones server" and we have no idea what they track and what they record and what they keep. But, you can't use the cell without it going through someones server.

I liked my Windows phone, I just did not want to reset the thing, to reload apps that for some reason would not reset after I added new sims card.
My windows phone worked ok, it was not as fast as the android, but I also am not one who will spend multiple $4-5-6-7-800's on a phone !!!

Maybe if I relied on it for some business needs, that might be worthwhile, but for what I do on a cell phone, the reasonable cost ones works to achieve that. I don't do video games, and certainly have no time for it on a phone. If I'm some place waiting, I'd rather read something than to play a game.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
3/23/2018 9:29 pm

I have a Facebook account, but not active. I used fake name and my inactive email address. Only five people clicked "accept" on me. Those five people know my photos and they know the account is not my true name. So, I am very low profile on Facebook.

I don't have Facebook (F stock either. I sympathize for those investors in FB. Stock market can be very cruel for unpredictable incidents.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has deleted his Facebook account. Elon Musk tweeted lobbed a fiery zinger at the world's leading social-media behemoth Friday when he asked on Twitter: "What's Facebook?"

I have bought Boeing (BA) stock lately. I have confidence in Boeing. Trump's tariffs that hurt Boeing stock in short term, but eventually it is a "money-making" company. Boeing only has one competitor, Air Bus.

Honesty is the best policy.