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Facebook fiasco: Apple CEO Calls for rigorous regulation; Musk deletes Tesla, SpaceX pages

“Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.”, said Elon musk after deleting Tesla and SpaceX pages; Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a proper regulation on data privacy. Facebook loses $100 billion in 10 days.

Amid Facebook data breach chaos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, has called for stronger data privacy regulations, which will prevent the misuse of data.

At the China Development Forum in Beijing, when asked for his reaction over the Facebook fiasco, Cook said that he supports the idea of regulations for tech companies, on how to use customers’ data, reported Bloomberg.

“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some ‘well-crafted’ regulation is necessary,” Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. “The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike, and every intimate detail of your life -- from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.”

How to check data Archive for Call, Text Logs

Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android. Users can disable the system by visiting messenger settings, and can also delete all the details present there, including your call and text details.

Cook also expressed his and his company’s fear on how people around the world are giving information without knowing the complications of it.

“We have worried for a number of years that people in many countries were giving up data probably without knowing fully what they were doing and that these detailed profiles that were being built of them, that one day something would occur and people would be incredibly offended by what had been done without them being aware of it,” he said. “Unfortunately that prediction has come true more than once.”

The controversy involving Cambridge Analytica has created an uproar which led people to check their Facebook settings and have discovered how the third-party apps have accessed their personal information and their account.

$100 billion lost in 10 days

The shares of Facebook on Monday fell again, after the US consumer protection made public that it is investigating how 50 million users’ data were misused to influence US presidential elections. The shares fell by 5 percent on Monday.

 

Facebook has faced many criticism after the controversy popped-up, the biggest breach in the history of Facebook, by Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm, which collected users’ data without their consent to influence the US presidential elections for Trump.

However, last week Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social media company, on his Facebook account shared the details of the event and later apologised for the mistake.

Cambridge Analytica allegedly collected personal information of more than 50 million Facebook accounts. The data were taken without any authorisation, in early 2014, to build a unique system that could profile individual citizens of the US to influence them with personalised political advertisement.

Contacts log: How it works

When a user signs up for Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android, or logs into Messenger on an Android device, they are given the option to continuously upload their contacts as well as their call and text history.

For Messenger, you can either turn it on, choose ‘learn more’ or ‘not now’.

On Facebook Lite, the options are to turn it on or ‘skip’. If you chose to turn this feature on, Facebook will begin to continuously log this information, which can be downloaded at any time using the Download Your Information tool.

Siddharth Deshpande, Principal Research Analyst, Gartner, said, “The initial response by Mark Zuckerberg covers both process-related and technical changes to the way they handle user data – there are some unanswered questions on both fronts, perhaps to be addressed by Facebook in the coming few days.”

“First, on the process front – if Facebook knew in 2015 that Aleksandr Kogan had shared data of ‘tens of millions’ of users with Cambridge Analytica, why was this not disclosed to users or regulators? Aside from the regulatory obligations they may or may not have had at the time, was there a moral responsibility to have informed the users, especially given the potential ramifications of misuse of such data? What process-related changes is Facebook going to institute that will restore customers' trust?

"Second – on the technical front – what technical controls are Facebook planning to put in place to monitor whether developers will actually be responsible with the user data they extract from the platform. Getting developers to sign contracts and take more explicit consent from users is great; but what monitoring and remediation mechanisms will Facebook put in place to detect unintentional and intentional misuse of user data?”

Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX

With having a staggering number of more than 2.5 million followers on each of his pages on Tesla and SpaceX, Musk deleted his Facebook profile saying, “Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.”

Earlier it was reported that he deleted Facebook pages after a dare given by a Twitter user, for which Musk tweeted, “It’s not a political statement, and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.”

Facebook collecting call history

Several Twitter users are reporting how Facebook is collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for the last couple of years. A number of social media users are scared after the scandal.