Facebook finally answered some questions posed to it by U.S. lawmakers this week, though the company was still vague in many of its answers. For instance, the social media giant left wide-open the possibility that it will one day track your eye movements and even listen in to your conversations.
These notable non-answers came as part of a massive response Facebook issued to Congress after Mark Zuckerberg failed to address many lawmakers’ concerns when he appeared before them this spring. When asked directly if the company would consider using the microphone on your phone to listen in, Facebook declined to comment. And when eagle-eyed Senators noticed references to two patents for eye-tracking technology and asked if Facebook used this function, Facebook said that it didn’t “right now.”
“We’re always exploring how new technologies and methods can improve our services,” Facebook said in its response. “If we implement this technology in the future, we will absolutely do so with people’s privacy in mind, just as we do with movement information.”
On topics such as these, Facebook’s silence speaks volumes. It’s obvious the company has at least considered tracking us this closely, and that’s creepy enough. But the fact that it can’t commit to never doing it at all is even creepier.