Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)


Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)


Article excerpt

Can it be said that Facebook Inc. lacks awareness that it is a company handling a huge amount of private information?

Information on about 50 million people is suspected to have been leaked via Facebook, the world's largest social media service. It can be said that it is a serious incident.

The information was collected via an app made by a Britain-based researcher for psychological analysis tests. About 300,000 people, who took part in the tests, were asked about their characteristics while their ages and places of residence were collected at the same time. The information also includes an enormous volume of personal data about friends of the test participants.

The researcher provided the collected data to a British firm in violation of Facebook regulations that ban providing data to a third party without permission. This firm worked with the campaign of then candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The British company insists that it did not use the data for election campaigns because it destroyed the data after the violation was pointed out in 2015. But the fact that it received the data in the first place is problematic.

The researcher is primarily to blame for the alleged leakage of information but Facebook cannot be immune from its supervisory responsibility over the researcher.

The number of daily users of Facebook has reached 1.4 billion. The users, who registered their attributes such as real names and occupations, post daily activities and thoughts to communicate with others. The quality and quantity of personal data Facebook possesses is unmatched.

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