Australia starts investigation on whether Facebook breached the country's data privacy laws


On Thursday the Silicon Valley behemoth admitted that it believes that most of its 2 billion users have had their data misused at some point.

- Facebook is also making sure it's more transparent with its users and will provide more information on the features it has introduced such as Marketplace, starting fundraisers or sharing 360 videos.

While CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced increasing backlash for what some criticized as a lackluster response to the scandal, Facebook has since changed its internal practices to protect its users' personal information.

Access by apps is under scrutiny following allegations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on millions of Facebook users through an app that claimed to be a research tool.

It follows Wednesday's revelation by Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer that 87million users worldwide may have had their personal data gathered by a third-party app and sent to the controversial United Kingdom political consultancy firm. The organization said it also "considers whether an individual candidate's policy stances are consistent with Facebook's public policy agenda and business interests". "It was my mistake", he said at the start of the call.

The letter sent to Facebook said that at present, it has largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and sought its reply on proactive measures being taken by the company to ensure safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party.

He also said that Facebook is now signing up to more of Europe's privacy agenda and that it will even roll out some of the EU's strict privacy rules to all of the social network's global users.

Facebook knew Cambridge Analytica was mishandling user data two-and-a-half years ago, COO Sheryl Sandberg told NBC. Every so often, the lucrative strategy backfires when a new, often gaping holes are found in the way the company guards its users' info. Google's DeepMind "artificial intelligence" operation made a deal with U.K. National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in 2015 that gave it access to the medical data of 1.6 million patients, in order to figure out ways of better monitoring kidney disease.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook attempted to get hold of US users' medical records, according to a report at CNBC. For example, Facebook says it will remove developers' access to people's data if the person has not used the app in three months.

- Facebook is bringing changes to Events API, Groups API and Pages API.

The number was shared by the company's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, in a blog post. "Nobody has been fired because of this scandal", he said when asked if the board has asked him to step down in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. That said, the affair does not seem to have made much of an impact on the company's bottom line.

"Until today, people could enter another person's phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them".