As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook enjoys unparalleled access to much of humanity’s personal data. However, it doesn’t want anyone else to have the same privilege. That’s why the social media giant filed a federal lawsuit this week against marketing company OneAudience for allegedly paying app developers to improperly access user data without consent.
“This is the latest in our efforts to protect people and increase accountability of those who abuse the technology industry and users,” said Jessica Romero, the director of platform enforcement and litigation for Facebook.
While it’s a good thing that Facebook stepped up to protect its users, many experts believe that more needs to be done at the governmental level to establish a legal framework.
“For me, the end result of all of these cases is the need for a federal privacy law — because effectively the privacy laws are being enforced by tech companies, and the laws to do this are not for that purpose,” former Facebook security executive Alex Stamos told Recode.
Stronger laws protecting digital privacy would go a long way toward ensuring our info is more secure. However, it still wouldn’t address the biggest issue of all: that Facebook possesses so much of our data in the first place.
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