Game changer or risk to the privacy of its users? / World of digital information
In the world of multi-billion dollar multinationals, the race to the top may seem the most difficult thing, but it’s actually the struggle to stay there that makes or breaks companies. More often than not, in the struggle to stay there, to retain their wealth and power, companies inevitably cross lines that ultimately make their users the victims.
In recent years, Facebook has come under heavy criticism for the lack of data security to which users are subjected, from providing sensitive information about users to the Civil Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency. (NSA) to the influence of the US elections via Cambridge Analytica. , in recent years, people have stopped using what changed the game and ushered in a new era for mass communication and social media from its inception.
According to the book “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination”, in a landmark decision, Mark Zuckerberg had decided to remove the nuances of going through different channels to access user data for his engineers. In the words of the book’s authors, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, this effectively meant that the only thing stopping them from harnessing this immense power over their hands was their conscience. Still, some apparently didn’t, because according to the book, between 2014 and 2015, the company laid off more than 50 employees for exploiting data access for non-business purposes.
In the majority of cases, the employees who did this were men looking for information about women they might like. One employee went so far as to track down a woman who had left her hotel room after arguing while on vacation. After not hearing from a woman he had been on a date with, another employee ended up going through all of her private messages, photos (deleted and otherwise), and even posts she had been on. clicked.
The book goes on to mention that then security chief Alex Stamos drew Zuckerberg’s attention to the fact that these exploits were happening almost every month and proposed that access be reduced by 16,000. employees only 5,000 and less than 100 for extremely sensitive information. including, but not limited to passwords. Stamos also proposed that a system of formal requests for access to private data be put in place but other executives shut it down.
Zuckerberg asked Stamos to find a solution within a year, seeing the problem as a top priority, but according to an anonymous employee, any solution involving limiting access to data to employees would be against fundamental principles and principles. fundamental ideas of Zuckerberg. According to the employee, there had been countless opportunities over the years to limit the collection of user data, but they knew in advance that even if they passed these ideas on to Mark Zuckerberg, he would not consider this as an option.
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