Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally broken silence on alleged privacy breach by data mining firm Cambridge Analytica.
He has apologized for Facebook’s mistake in handling the data of millions of users. The chief executive also vowed to take measures so that developers can’t access the users’ data without authorization and permission.
Mark Zuckerberg Response to Privacy Breach
According to media reports, Mark Zuckerberg has said that unauthorized data access to Facebook profiles is a privacy breach. He also felt sorry and vowed to take actions for preventing the rogue apps from accessing the users’ data.
Reports further suggested the Zuckerberg showed his willingness to testify before the Congress if it was the right thing to do.
In his Facebook post, he said, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t, then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
By talking about the actions that his company has taken to prevent any further breach. Zuckerberg said, “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today, we had already taken years ago.”
Emphasizing the need for further coming up with a strategy, Zuckerberg said, “But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”
Cambridge Analytica Scandal
The recent scandal by the Cambridge Analytica has rung the alarm and made Facebook users beware of the personality testing apps, that might be attempting to access the personal data. The London based data mining firm has obtained the personal details of 50 million Facebook users to profile the voters in an attempt to support the President Trump’s election campaign.
According to media reports, the firm also intervened in the Bihar Assembly election in India, in the same manner.
What Edward Snowden Had to Say
The incident has made the public and authorities to raise eyebrows on whether it is safe to share the personal information on social media or not.
Former NSA employee and co-founder of the Wiki Leaks also expressed his view concerning the incident. In his Twitter post, he said, “Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as surveillance companies. Their rebranding as “social media,” is the most successful deception since the department of war became the department of defense.
Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) 17 March 2018
Now, Mark Zuckerberg has announced to take stringent actions to prevent the data abuse of its users. But, people are raising concerns why the social media didn’t make these attempts earlier and waited for the tragedy to happen.