Facebook raises the number to 87 million affected by Cambridge Analytica, while admitting that they also read our messages.
The tremendous privacy scandal caused by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica It is far from over, and is that a few moments ago Mark Zuckerberg’s company published new measures that seek to protect the data of its users. Within this list of actions is included at the end, quickly and almost without importance, the confirmation that not 50 million were affected, but 87 million users, whose data was compromised.
Mike Schroepfer, CTO of Facebook, is the one who signs the publication where the new actions of the company are explained, as well as a worrying 74% increase in the number of people affected initially. Also, for the first time we can see which countries the users are from.
“In total, we believe that Facebook information for up to 87 million people, primarily in the US, may have been incorrectly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
That is the small paragraph where the new figure of 87 million users exposed to this information theft, far behind the first estimates of 50 million people. In fact, not even Facebook itself has been able to determine the exact number of users, and in the end they are also estimates according to the number of installations of the ‘thisisyoutdigitallife’ application and the times the information was shared with friends and family.
More than 81% of those affected are located in the United States, but it is curious that there are other countries on the list, like Mexico and Canada, who were also the target of this privacy attack by extracting people’s data for political and commercial purposes, all illegally.
In addition to this, Schroepfer writes that in the next few days inform users whose data has been shared to Cambridge Analytica, as “a show of clarity.” Although they still do not say how this company had the ability to collect such amount of data from Facebook users without anyone doing anything about it.
Ah! And they also admit that they read your messages and everything you send through Messenger
But this has not been all, since during an interview, Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook scans everything that passes through Messenger, that is, conversations, photos, links … EVERYTHING. According to Zuck, they do this in order to detect possible attacks or actions that incite violence.
This scan in Messenger is done, according to Zuck, with automated tools that also serve to detect malware and viruses, child , as well as anything else that goes against their terms of service and conditions. The Facebook CEO also mentioned that this is done in any messaging application as a security measure, so the same thing is possibly happening on WhatsApp and Instagram.
Facebook closes its platform seeking to rescue the ship
Given this, today Facebook presented a series of measures with which it seeks to regain the trust of its users and companies, since it is about actions that restrict your platform to third parties with the aim of taking care of the information of its users, or at least that is what they say.
Among these actions is the collection of call and message history on Android, where the company says that now they will only keep “the information required for the application to work”, without specifying which one. They mention that they will no longer be left with any more data, such as the duration of calls, and all this information will be erased after a year. Namely, Facebook will continue to keep data from its users, but now we don’t know which ones.
Additionally, Facebook will disable searching for users by phone number or email. It will change the way accounts are retrieved. As well as major changes to your APIs for third parties, which will no longer have access to the data of Events, Groups and Pages, and in case someone requires this information, they must first go through the approval of Facebook.
Facebook Login also changes, and from now on any application that requests information from users such as their ‘Likes’, photos, publications, videos, events and groups, will be thoroughly examined. In addition, no application will be able to access the user’s personal information, political and religious points of view, relationship status, among others. Finally, access will be automatically revoked to those applications that have not been used during the last three months.
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