Privacy Continues to Be Facebook’s New Mission
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed four ideas for regulating the internet on March 30, 2019. The post comes several weeks after from online dating site to his call for privacy in messaging apps. The ideas that Zuckerberg proposes are reminiscent of from online dating site to Tim Cook’s plead to Congress for increased repercussions for consumer data mismanagement. Zuckerberg takes it a step further by also focusing on harmful content on the internet.
Facebook Suffers Another Privacy Blunder
On April 3, 2019, days after Zuckerberg ’s initial blog post on privacy, researches discovered 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers. The records included user’s personal information like passwords, reacts, likes, account names, comments and more. The information was hosted on Amazon servers. It did not take long for Facebook to reach out to Amazon and ask them to take the database down.
Preaching Does Not Stop Breaching
Many might doubt or not trust what Facebook has to say about data protection or internet regulation after all of their recent privacy blunders. Within the last year, they’ve been the subject of many data breaches and other privacy concerns. The biggest is Cambridge Analytica, which exposed many privacy issues on the social network including what Facebook shares. Zuckerberg and the others at Facebook are not strangers to what happens if a company does not comply with GDPR requirements. The company now faces a €500,000 fine.
In the self-aware post, Zuckerberg states that he understands the power his company has in today’s world. He continues with explaining he knows internet companies should be accountable for enforcing standards concerning harmful content. For a solution, Zuckerberg wants to start with himself. He proudly declares Facebook’s transparent process of publishing reports on how they remove harmful content.
Zuckerberg’s Four Ideas for Internet Regulation
Technology continues to change daily with new apps and ways to crack the new tech. In Zuckerberg ’s first idea, he proposed that there be a third-party to set standards governing the distribution of harmful content. A third party could have more dedicated resources and time to spend on the investigation of harmful content.
Second, he touches on the fake news election debacle that plagued the United States for years. He proposes that advertisers must verify their identities before purchasing political ads. He continues to say that Facebook built a searchable archive. This archive shows who pays for ads, what other ads they ran, and the type of audience who sees their ads. Their hope is that online political advertising laws will be updated to reflect threats and set standards for the entire industry.
In his third idea, he argues the importance of data protection needs on a global level. Zuckerberg dreams of a future where a GDPR type of law is the international standard. Zuckerberg wants to see these types of regulations in the United States and he is not alone. Since the Marriott breachthat affected half a billion people, lawmakers in the United States are calling for more data protection laws, too.
Fourth, final, and ironic, considering the news on Amazon’s server, Zuckerberg wants data portability. He says, “if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another.” He believes this is an important feature for the future of the internet. He says, “this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services.”
Combating Online Privacy Concerns
It seems there might not be one person out there who is not the victim of a data breach or exposed database. Yet, there are ways to protect yourself from maximum damages. The best way is to keep your passwords different for each of your accounts. While this might be difficult to manage, free password managers like LastPass and Blur make it easy.
If you are the victim of a data breach, and unsure of what to do, contact Secure Forensics at 1-800-288-1407.