Facebook Expands Bug Bounty Program for Data Mining Apps

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Even though USA lawmakers have been vocal of Facebook in recent weeks, members of Congress have not formally pushed for any new data collection legislation.

Facebook has been working on the changes in preparation for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which were approved two years ago and take effect May 25.

After user data from 50 million users may have be accessed by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook unveiled changes it the privacy portion of its app.

Today Facebook announced it will be making it easier to find the tools to secure your account and is adding a way to delete your data.

"Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform", Cooper Hefner wrote on Twitter.

Believe Cong was company's client: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower
Cambridge Analytica was an example of "modern day colonialism", he suggested at one point. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons.

"While [data-broker integration] is common industry practice, we believe this step, winding down over the next six months, will help improve people's privacy on Facebook", said a corporate blog post attributed by the company to Graham Mudd, Facebook's director of monetization product marketing.

The thought of having a Facebook speaker in your home that can hear everything you say is pretty scary, as I said back in February, well before the Cambridge Analytica privacy-related issues came to light. Access Your Information will also let you download your data, store it wherever you please, and move it to other services, when available. From there, users will be able to find clear explanations of how the privacy controls work and will be able to tighten down the security of their data with only a few clicks. Settings, which had previously been separated by asking questions like "How do I stop someone from bothering me?", are now divided into security, personal information, ads you see and management of who sees your posts and profile information. We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks.

The changes include a new "Privacy Shortcuts" menu and tools that will allow users to more easily find, manage and delete their personal data. The US house energy and commerce committee and US senate commerce committee have also asked Zuckerberg to appear at a hearing.

And in a U.K. Parliament hearing, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower reignited fears of Facebook recording conversations without user consent. "The social media company had already found in focus group testing that users were concerned about a Facebook-branded device in their living rooms, given how much intimate data the social network collects", Bloomberg journalist Sarah Frier shared.