Facebook Faces Its First Data Lawsuits Since the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Credit: One News Page Staff- Published on April 3, 2018
by 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

With so much media interest and controversy surrounding data that had been passed belonging to 50 million Facebook users to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in recent weeks, it’s hardly surprising that more than a few people are looking to seek retribution and justice via their own hands. It has emerged – through many a media outlet-led guide or two – that those of us using the Facebook app on Android devices may have given the platform free reign to obtain and store call and SMS records – as some Twitter users exposed via the micro-blogging site when they requested their data file from the network.

It is suggested that you give authority for Facebook to store and use such data while using certain instant messengers – however, it appears that at least three messenger users have mounted a legal challenge against Mark Zuckerberg’s firm in an effort to strike back against a breach of privacy. The complaint, it is reported, alleges that the social network effectively violated the privacy of the users complaining (at least three at the time of writing) when such call and text records were obtained. It’s claimed that the active ‘scraping’ of data occurred without the users’ knowledge – and while the plaintiffs are seeking to take class action (which is available to join), it has been reported variously that Android users may have had access to controlling this type of data sharing up to a certain point. This may be the sticking point in the case – as of October 2017, all apps on the Android platform were requested to make such permissions clear – and it has been stated that anyone wishing to join the lawsuit will need to effectively prove that they were using and at risk of such data collection before this date.


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It’s not just Facebook that is facing questions over data collection in this manner – Google, who are responsible for the Android brand, are also facing queries as to why such permissions were not made clear in the first instance, and not until late 2017. Certainly, it is a saga that seems to be continuing to snowball – and while Facebook appear to be trying to reverse the damage done to their brand and their damaged trust in the eyes of their users with new privacy standards and controls set to be rolled out in due course, it seems that many people are beyond happy with the data collection and use that has taken place thus far.

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Published on April 5, 2018 -  02:21
As Facebook reveals spiralling data losses, analyst says Zuckerberg should go
With shareholders giving his firm the thumbs down mainman Mark Zuckerberg was scrambling to reassure them on Thursday, and getting Facebook's share price to rebound somewhat after it plunged in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. However some are now suggesting Zuckerberg's leviathan is out of control. Some, like the CEO of International Marketing Partners, Allyson Stewart-Allen, are suggesting Zuckerberg's time is up. "I think for Mark Zuckerberg the only way really to undo the damage, you could say, is to resign, and to give a signal to all those stakeholder groups that the business is going to be changing fundamentally, and that with a new regime you can restore trust in the brand, because those new leadership faces, if you like, that aren't associated with the scandal can reset the business." "I mean, if Mark Zuckerberg does stay, and that's still up for grabs, he will need to profoundly demonstrate that the processes of the business for data protection and user protection have been upgraded significantly and that agreements are in place with third-party applications, that data scraping is now no longer permitted without the express opt-in and permission of the user." "The change of approach is being led by Europe around privacy and around protection of data of users, so Facebook and all of the other tech businesses will be forced to comply with this legislation and it will certainly rein in their activities, not just in Europe but no doubt around the world." "So I think our relationship with social media is bound to change on the back of all of these scandals that we've been experiencing over the past few months. Whether it's Facebook, or Uber. or it could be Twitter or LinkedIn or any of the other tech businesses that have forced a loss of trust from among its user base, I think this is certainly going to spark some more scepticism amongst users, not just in America or Europe, but all over the world," concludes Allyson Stewart-Allen.

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