Facebook Was Fore-Warned About Data Misuse: Claim
Facebook was warned as long ago as 2011 that a misuse of its data could occur, as has allegedly happened in the Cambridge Analytica case, according to reports.
European privacy campaigner, lawyer Max Schrems clams to have raised concerns about Facebook’s lax attitude to data protection and app permissions at that stage in a complaint to the Irish Data Protection agency.
Schrems flagged the site’s permissions data vulnerabilities to authorities in Ireland, where Facebook’s European HQ is based.
He pointed out the data consent section was framed in such a way that, not only was the user consenting to use of their personal data, but also use by their friends.
The revelation comes as the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues, with British investigators searching the company’s London offices.
The data analytics company has been accused of improperly harvesting the data of 50 million Facebook users to target US voters during the 2016 US Presidential campaign.