As some people are just learning, Facebook has been tracking both users and even non-users in a violation of their privacy that most never opted into. Anytime you visit a Facebook related or enabled site, they are tracking you. Conversely as a Facebook user, they track and relate all of your off-Facebook activity on any site that uses Facebook plugins or functionality (which are a lot of sites). This is horrible and should be stopped but in all fairness “they all do it” and if anything Google is probably worse.
If the above is not bad enough, the PRISM network has backdoors to all of these services so you are being violated directly by corporations and multiple governments who index all of your activity. Privacy is a thing of the past unfortunately.
However there are ways to fight back such as disabling cookies and deleting all cookies regularly and especially to use a random VPN to make tracking harder.
It’s not so much that the majority of people have anything to hide, but privacy is a right everyone has. Most people would object to having cameras in the washroom, not because they are doing something wrong but because you have the right to dignity and privacy.
Hopefully the longstanding issue with most giant online sites from Facebook, Google etc.. will drive demands from people around the world to restore privacy and digital rights in an era where infringement is common.
New revelations about SCL and CA (Cambridge Analytica) have revealed that they may have even altered the Brexit Vote. In fact an article quotes the CEO of Camridge Analytica as bragging that they got Trump elected using dirty and undetectable tricks.
If any of these is true it is safe to assume that Cambridge Analytica is not alone, and they have likely influenced more than just the US election. What’s more, there could be other companies that Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and other US based social platforms used data from whether knowingly or unknowingly. This has been the big evil that I’ve warned about for years, that these free social platforms are analyzing and mining your data for bad purposes. Apparently there are no limits to the violation of your privacy, proven social experiments conducted by Facebook and likely the others etc.. It’s all in their TOS essentially. It’s well known that using any of those platforms including Gmail is the same as typing your most personal thoughts and messages to the bots and analysts at the big social media companies and government minders.
Going back to all of this, I thought we were told that it was the Russians who elected Trump (without any evidence ever being provided mind you)? Now it comes out that private companies based in the West have been influencing elections and I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg. The bigger question is who are the clients of Cambridge Analytica? I don’t think we have to look far considering the relationship to the UK government and Royal Family.
Mark Zuckerberg has been noticeably absent since the scandal broke. It personally doesn’t surprise me because Facebook has never been safe, secure or private regardless of your privacy settings. Your data is legally there to be traversed by third parties for marketing purposes and for governmental agencies to surveil and analyze you. This is essentially all in the TOS and for a company based in the US they are legally obligated to co-operate with entities such as the NSA, FBI, CIA for whatever they need, even if it would normally be a violation of the law.
To add insult to injury, Mark Zuckerberg actually didn’t apologize in his initial response to the privacy issues.
Deeper issues have recently revealed right to the top of the British Government and the Royal Family, including MoD ties to SCL (the company which is regarded as one and the same as CA). They had contracts with NATO, UK Tory Party, and even the US State Department. There is a General Tolhurst who is an aide to the Queen who is also on the board of SCL. Even closer is a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth the II, Ivar Mountbatten.
The reason I mention all of this is because it sounds more like a co-operation between elite business and government than an accidental data breach or hacking done on behalf of a private company.
This could be why Mark Zuckerberg has been so quiet about it, after all those who are familiar with IT security and espionage cannot believe this is just a group of hackers. With the breach being so significant and wide scale, why didn’t Facebook notice this sooner? It seems like they either noticed it or were fully aware, but only took action after someone revealed it to the public.
I am certain more revelations will come out and they will probably be no less shocking than what we know.