The Guardian view on Facebook: time to tame the surveillance economy

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In their videos on Facebook, one sister, Hardaway, criticizes Trump's opponents, while the other, Richardson, agrees alongside her. And that in the wrong hands, data is not the new oil, it's the new nitroglycerine.

Internet companies have long made a significant part of their profits from the sale of such information; a situation that Big Cable that has been complaining about for some time because it was under greater restraints over what it is allowed to do with user information.

"The far-sightedness that the European Union has shown is confirmed", Albrecht told AFP, recalling those who said "we must not create any hurdles for the digital economy". What do the experts studying our behavior on Facebook have to say? For one thing, the microphone would always have to be listening and noting whether something was said that could be of use to advertisers and more importantly, Facebook does not need to spend money to find out what their users think or are interested in, because they have that information already through the users "likes", "loves" and posts.

Providing a right to know what categories of personal information a business has collected about them and their children.

It's nearly as if for every external "positive" to sharing, it casts an equal (or even greater) negative shadow: to take one example, just as Facebook's role in the Arab Spring was trumpeted, so later it was trumped by fake news and Cambridge Analytica.

Though the industry reaction to #deletefacebook has in some quarters been pretty much 'what did the public expect?' It's actually an important reminder for us all to not get too absorbed in the adland bubble.

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At the same time, Stoltenberg expressed his conviction that those responsible for chemical attacks must be held to account. Russia's Foreign Ministry says the attack was an attempt to derail an investigation into a purported chemical attack.

- What are your thoughts on the Facebook data leak? That's 1.2% of the total population.

Prior to Zuckerberg, hiring a "professional chief executive" was standard practice for startups, such as when Google brought on Eric Schmidt as chief executive in 2001, to provide "adult supervision" to founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. "I have asked a number of questions on the Cambrige Analytica case". Maybe the true legacy for Cambridge Analytica-gate will ultimately be vindicating GDPR. This seems to be an issue women are more concerned with: 49 percent of surveyed women and 31 percent of male panelists would like Facebook to do something about toxic content. And by extension, advertising and ad tech in general. "Yes, we filter and lie by omission on Facebook", said University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Catalina Toma.

ANNA ESHOO: Was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties - your personal data? At least where it is being delivered client-side - still the method used by the majority - that may be wide open to bad actors - and as the latest Facebook fiasco shown, once it's out, there's no getting the toothpaste back in the tube.

It is less than two years since one of his closest lieutenants, Andrew Bosworth, wrote in an internal memo: "The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply than anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good ... that's why all the work we do in growth is justified". We can only hope others will follow in the EU's footsteps.

"I've just seen it over and over again - that we have the hearings, and nothing happens", Pallone said.

Andrea Jelinek, who leads the bloc's so-called Working Party 29, also announced the creation of an organization focused on social media and privacy.

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