A 2017 data audit said Facebook's practices were A

Terry Joseph
April 23, 2018

Facebook had struck a deal with the FTC in 2011 after an investigation into the social media company's privacy practices. Meanwhile, Mozilla announced last month that it would be halting its advertising on Facebook until the site strengthens its policy on user data, while Elon Musk also deleted the Facebook profiles of his companies Tesla and SpaceX.

Facebook had established and implemented a comprehensive privacy program and its privacy controls were operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable assurance to protect the privacy of covered information, PwC said in a report submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dated December 2017 on the FTC website. A copy of the audit is still available online.

More than 115 million Indonesians use Facebook and authorities in the Southeast Asian country have been pressing the firm to explain how personal data was harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica via a personality quiz.

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However, Facebook has been identified to have both internal and external material risks that could result in any of Facebook's third-party apps collecting data without explicit permission from users. "We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have".

EPIC chief Marc Rotenberg told Wired: "After Cambridge Analytica, PricewaterhouseCoopers, on behalf of Facebook, reported to the FTC that privacy compliances at Facebook were fine and there were no problems".

As previously reported, mark Zuckerberg two days in a row, on 10 and 11 April, testified regarding the leakage of user data via Facebook in the U.S. Congress, a total of nearly 10 hours. Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, and Ashlie Beringer, the social media company's deputy general counsel, said in a statement: "We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find, and that we must do more to keep people informed". A former employee of Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm, says it used algorithms that "took fake news to the next level" using data inappropriately obtained from Facebook.

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