The half-truths of Mark Zuckerberg against the US Congress
The boss of Facebook has played a lot on words to appease fears about data control.
He testified for more than 10 hours over two days , answering dozens of elected officials, polite and patient.
Sometimes tense, Mark Zuckerberg has never really been in trouble, despite the threats of some senators angry red by the Cambridge Analytica scandal .
Skillful, the boss of Facebook has avoided the most problematic issues on data protection, advertising and tracking of Internet users by “I’m not sure, someone from my team will come back to you.”
Above all, he played on words with half-truths – or half-lies, say the cynics.
— Max Schrems (@maxschrems) April 10, 2018
“All your information is included” via the “download my data” option
The question was very clear: “Is there an option to download all the information that Facebook has about me, including the sites I visited? ” Yes, you can download all the content you have on Facebook,” says Zuckerberg.
The MP insists, recalling that the browsing history is not part of the archive. “From what I understand, all your information is included,” still dodges the young billionaire.
He talks about photos, posts, messages shared by the user. But this is just the tip of the information the company has about an individual.
Like Google, Facebook keeps track of all Internet users across the web, on and off the web – whether they have an account or not, what the European Union is trying to fight – via the Like, Share buttons and Facebook Connect, cookies and “web beacons” of its advertising network. All this metadata, Facebook keeps them jealously.
“Users have the possibility to erase all their data”
Again Mark Zuckerberg uses a very restrictive definition of “data”. When a person closes his account, Facebook erases the profile and all that was published.
Sent private messages, however, remain visible in the recipient box – often with the name of the person replaced by “Facebook user”. And all the metadata that Facebook possessed about you are, it seems, preserved.
Mark Zuckerberg has never heard of shadow profiles
“Do you have detailed profiles of people who have never opened a Facebook account, yes or no? “Asks a sharp elected.
“Congressman, we collect data from people who do not have accounts for security reasons,” says Zuckerberg.
The representative insists on these “shadow profiles”, all the data accumulated by the company on a person who does not have a Facebook account (an email address or a telephone number shared by a friend). who have access to his contacts to Facebook, an IP address on a site containing a tracker of a Facebook ad etc.).
Mark Zuckerberg hesitates: “I’m not familiar with that”, seeming to refer to the expression “shadow profiles”. Doubt is allowed.