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When asked by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley why Facebook doesn’t disclose all the ways user data might be collected and used by Facebook — and its responsibility to inform users of those possibilities — here’s how Zuckerberg replied:

“I believe it’s important to tell people exactly how the information that they share on Facebook is going to be used. That’s why, every single time you go to share something on Facebook — whether it’s a photo in Facebook, or a message in Messenger or WhatsApp — every single time, there’s a control right there about who you’re going to be sharing it with, whether it’s your friends or public or a specific group. And you can change that and control that in-line.”

For much of his marathon five-hour testimony on Tuesday, this is how Zuckerberg framed many of his responses to questions about privacy on Facebook — around the choices users have when they choose to share information about themselves.

But it seems like both a dodge and a clever misdirection. The broader issue isn’t whether users have enough control over who can see their Facebook posts, but whether users have a reasonable understanding of what else Facebook collects about them in the process.

Source: CBC News

Date: April 12th, 2018

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-testimony-mark-zuckerberg-senate-privacy-controls-1.4614518

Discussion

1) Do you understand the difference between user control and data collection?

2) How does Facebook (and others) use the data they collect on you to make money?

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