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Delete Facebook or not to delete Facebook, that is the question? The attention is drawn to Facebook and its tracking and selling data. And People are panicking about whether they have to delete Facebook or not. Think, before you are taking brash steps. Yes, I agree, what Facebook did is not right. They did violate our privacy rights. They took unauthorized actions. And you can react in different ways to that. You can delete Facebook, but you can also stand up and demand a law that will protect you against these kinds of practices. Because Facebook is not alone in this story.
Facebook has shared data of 87 million users with the controversial Cambridge Analytica. That number was previously estimated at 50 million. Facebook reports that eventually data of 87 million users have been shared with the dubious company. It concerns the contacts of 270,000 people who had reported via Facebook for the personality test of the company. Up to now, it was thought that about 50 million Facebook users had been given private data. According to Facebook, the 87 million users are mainly in the United States. In the Netherlands, it would concern 90,000 users. What the heck is Mark Zuckerberg doing?
The issue led to a lot of controversy over the privacy of Facebook users in recent weeks. Cambridge Analytica played a bad role in President Donald Trump’s election campaign. The company would have used the personal information to make voter profiles.
We can experience every day how big brother Facebook peeks over our shoulder. If you search via Google for ‘walking boots’ then you should not be surprised if you find ads on all kind of boots on your timeline on Facebook and for hotels or camping accessories with a destination in the mountains. So we have 2 companies here already watching and collaborating, Google ánd Facebook. Of course, Facebook and Google are not unique in this. Data analysis and targeting is now a lucrative online earnings model.
Companies like Google and Facebook, which have a lot of power online, are therefore under the magnifying glass of the European Union and organizations such as the Dutch Data Protection Authority. And they are often the first to be tagged on the fingers. They should be leading in complying with legislation as reporting duty data leaks, protection of personal data and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). And that’s a good thing too.
Facebook is currently under a magnifying glass because finally the general public also gains insight into how much is collected by this company, revealed by the abuse by Cambridge Analytica. But of course it is not only Facebook, apps that are the property of this company, such as Instagram and WhatsApp are of course actively used to get to know as much of us as possible.
Interesting to see how many companies like that can learn from us. But of course, also a privacy nightmare, as can clearly be seen in the video above.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier apologized and promised improvement. Meanwhile, the tech company saw billions of dollars of its stock market value evaporate. Zuckerberg will testify about the issue this week for the US Congress.
As a result of the scandal, Facebook has now updated its terms and conditions. The update is meant to make everything clearer and clearer by using simpler language, says the company. Recently, the privacy settings became even more visible and it became easier for users to delete data.
It’s very nice that Facebook has made its terms readable, but this doesn’t stop the machine. On this video of TED talks it’s explained how these huge data collecting machines work.
We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci
Deleting Facebook will not help, that’s not going to resolve anything. You have to throw away all your electronic devices, stop with using your cards, inclusive your customer cards, where all your purchases are stored. Pay cash at the grocery store, delete your bank account and ask your boss to pay you in cash. You have to sell your car with build in navigation and have to tear your smart energy device off the wall. Everything is registered by everyone. Because knowledge is money and power!
We can’t turn around
It’s too late to turn around, but it’s not too late to make strict rules about the privacy rights of every individual. And it is also not too late to prevent companies like Facebook and Google to merge. Can you imagine what will happen if all those data collectors become one? And a few very, very, very rich people behind the scene become the rulers of the digital and thereby also of the real world? There must come laws worldwide that such data merges are not allowed and that selling collected data becomes prosecutable.
There is a very lively trade going on with the sale of you and my data. Artificial intelligence computers are kneading and baking a nice little profile of your habits, preferences and leisure activity. And we become walking targets. And the surveillance cameras record exactly how we drive from A to B. We are no longer the client, we have become “the product” of huge companies and politics.
Wake up call
The general masses were sleeping at the worst possible time since they were/are being intoxicated by the most recent devices and media brainwashing programs. That is the thing that they can rely on, the wilful numbness, ignorance, indifference, and compliance of its subjects. It’s all introduced to us as “progression, convenience and, security”. They know what’s best for us, they say, but when they are totally transparent and honest they had to admit they should say: “We know what’s best for us and for our wallet”.
And the masses are buying this crap and they are sleeping through the expanding entrapment.