Cyber-giant Facebook may be growing too fast to protect the privacy of its registered individuals.
Numerous Republican legislators have recently voiced apprehension after several media organizations reported on Sunday that a consultancy associated with President Trump’s 2016 campaign unethically obtained access to approximately 50 million users’ private information.
Sen. Randal ”Rand” Paul (R-KY) told CNN, “People have to look into it. Whether or not it broke the law, absolutely, the privacy of the American consumer, the American individual, should be protected.”
Facebook’s newsroom released an official statement on Friday:
“We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook. Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why.”
Initial reports claimed the agency in particular, Cambridge Analytica, reportedly took unnecessary data without the consent of said individuals.
However, less than 36 hours later, Facebook published an update on Saturday:
“The claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked.”
Legal or not, Sen. Jeffry “Jeff” Flake (R-AZ) brought up a good point, “So the question is who knew it and when did they know it, how long did this go on and what happens to that data now.”
Even Democrats seem to be concerned. During an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” U.S. Representative Adam Schiff expressed, “We need to find out what we can about the misappropriation of the privacy, the private information of tens of millions of Americans.”
It may soon be in one’s best interest to deactivate Facebook and/or discontinue using the constant “Sign up with Facebook” pop-ups which convenience our daily lives.
Caleb Fernandez, writer at The Daily Lev.