Facebook is embroiled in controversy over how the company handles the sensitive information it collects from its 2 billion users. This is something that Facebook has allowed you to do for several years, but it takes on a new urgency in the aftermath of multiple Facebook data breaches by no fewer than three outside firms.
On Monday, US district judge James Donato ruled the suit could go ahead, representing all IL users "for whom Facebook created and stored a face template after 7 June 2011". These services include Like and Share button, Facebook login details, Facebook Analytics and lastly the Facebook ads and measurement tools that enable websites and apps to show ads from Facebook advertisers.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with USA lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company peers into the lives of its 2.2 billion users. Meanwhile, 78 Facebook users in Nigeria installed the app on their phone. With Facebook Analytics, websites and apps can better understand how its audience make use of their services.
Privacy campaigner Paul-Olivier Dehaye disagreed, noting that, as a non-Facebook user, he had been unable to access personal data collected through the company's off-site tracking systems.
The new press release from Facebook does not say whether Nigeria is part of the remaining 16 million users outside the United States or that more than 87 million would have been affected. While those types of information are mutable - even Social Security numbers can be changed - biometric data for retinas, fingerprints, hands, face geometry and blood samples are unique identifiers.
The company however said it is taking numerous measures.
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Many people don't realize that your Apps settings on Facebook can also affect your level of privacy.
Nigerians, who want to find out whether their data were shared by with Cambridge Analytica, can look out for a link named "protecting your information" link at the top of their news feed. He went further to promise that Facebook was conducting a full investigation into every app that has access to user's information from the platform.
"There are basic things you can do to limit the use of this information for advertising, like using a browser or device settings to delete cookies", Facebook said when asked if users could opt out. Collecting data about users from other sites.
"We will review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people's information", Collin Greene, head of Product Security, Facebook.