Facebook users in San Francisco federal court, where U.S. District Judge James Donato, unsympathetic to the tech giant, ruled on Monday that the class-action lawsuit against the company could proceed. But unless you regularly venture down to the bottom of your homepage and explore the company's privacy policies on your own, it's easy to forget that your posts aren't the only thing Facebook keeps tabs on. Baser said this data collection process is the same for any website or app, including YouTube, Google or Twitter, not just Facebook.

The company has also refuted claims that it sells user's data despite the fact that it collects every single information about you as you surf the web. This possibility was not lost on Donato, who stated in his ruling that damages could "amount to billions of dollars".

Zuckerberg also didn't rule out the possibility that Facebook might eventually offer a version giving people the option of paying a monthly fee in exchange for not having their personal information mined for advertising.

A survey of 3,000 people by U.S. think-tank the Ponemon Institute, reported by The Financial Times, showed that users are significantly more sceptical that Facebook will handle their personal information with care than they were a year ago. Scalise, though, asked if the data is also used as part of Facebook's business.


The European Union's digital chief will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in San Francisco as the world's largest social network faces increasing scrutiny over its use of personal data.

Over the last few weeks, Facebook has drawn intense criticism from users and governments globally over a number of issues, ranging from false news on the platform to information of over 80 million users being mined by data analytics and political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. I had hoped my questions would give you an opportunity to further clarify this critical issue.

Facebook will also send people and Page administrator's notifications if they try to share a story or have shared one in the past that has been determined to be false.

Even if you will not be affected by the GDPR, it's always a good idea to review your privacy settings regularly.


The social media giant admitted that the several websites and apps make use of Facebook services to make their content and advertisements more relevant and engaging to their users.

Facebook is great for a lot of reasons (sharing photos with your friends, talking to long-distance family members) and bad for others (procrastinating, checking up on your ex, data breaches). Australian Facebook users affected by the leak and data breach may have had their messages, deleted images, and other data accessed by third-parties looking to develop personality profiles for political gain.

Facebook has refreshed its Bookmarks menu to let users navigate, access and make changes to their privacy settings easily.


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