April 2020: Facebook hackers leaked phone numbers and personal information of 553 million users online.
July 2019: Facebook data scandal: social network fined $ 5 billion for ‘inappropriate’ sharing of users’ personal data
March 2019Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to rebuild based on six ‘privacy-focused’ principles:
- Private Interactions
- Reduce durability
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg promised end-to-end encryption for all of its messaging services, which will be combined to allow users to communicate via WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
December 2018: Facebook has come under fire after a bomb report found that the company gave more than 150 companies, including Netflix, Spotify and Bing, access to unprecedented amounts of user data, such as private messages.
Some of these ‘partners’ had the ability to read, write, and delete private messages from Facebook users and see all participants in a thread.
It also allowed Microsoft’s search engine known as Bing to see the names of all Facebook users’ friends without their permission.
Amazon was allowed to obtain users’ names and contact information from their friends, and Yahoo was able to view streams of messages from friends.
September 2018: Facebook announced it had been hit by its worst data breach ever, affecting 50 million users, including Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Attackers took advantage of the site’s ‘View As’ feature, which allows people to see what their profiles look like to other users.
Facebook (image from file) made headlines in March 2018 after the data of 87 million users was unauthorized access by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy
The unknown attackers used a feature in the code called ‘Access Tokens’ to take over people’s accounts, potentially giving hackers access to private messages, photos and messages – although Facebook said there was no evidence that this had been done.
The hackers also tried to extract people’s private information, including name, gender, and place of residence, from Facebook’s systems.
Zuckerberg assured users that passwords and credit card information were not opened.
As a result of the breach, the company logged about 90 million people from their accounts as a security measure.
March 2018: Facebook made headlines after the data of 87 million users was unauthorized by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy.
The disclosure has sparked government investigations into the company’s privacy practices around the world and sparked a “ # deleteFacebook ” movement among consumers.
Communications company Cambridge Analytica had offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.
The company prides itself on “finding your constituents and putting them into action” through data-driven campaigns and a team of data scientists and behavioral psychologists.
“In the United States alone, we’ve played a critical role in winning presidential races and in congressional and state elections,” with data on more than 230 million US voters, Cambridge Analytica claimed on its website.
The company took advantage of a feature that meant that apps could request permission to access your own data as well as the data of all your Facebook friends.
The data company suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix (pictured), after footage emerged in which he made a string of controversial claims, including bragging that Cambridge Analytica played a pivotal role in Donald Trump’s election.
This meant that the company was able to mine the information of 87 million Facebook users, even though only 270,000 people gave them consent.
This was to help them create software that can predict and influence voters’ choices at the polls.
The data company suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, after footage emerged in which he made a string of controversial claims, including bragging that Cambridge Analytica played a pivotal role in Donald Trump’s election.
This information would have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK.