Founder and CEO Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg testified to the scandal abuse data about 87 million Facebook users, on 10-11 April. Unfortunately, when testifying before a US representative, Zuckerberg has not answered many questions.
In the two-day meeting agenda, most of the questions answered by Zuckerberg with “my team will follow up”, which of course will not satisfy the US Congress.
On Monday (11/06/2018), After two months after the meeting with Senator US, Zukcerberg finally kept his promise. Capitol Hill released a response from Facebook on unanswered questions on the agenda of the hearing.
In a response of more than 400 pages, Facebook claims to have more than 2,000 questions submitted, including before the start of the meeting. Questions are still concerned about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, advertising targets, “shadows profile” explanations and more.
There are several questions that Congress highlighted, which finally answered by Facebook.
Facebook was once asked by one senator, “who is a Facebook competitor?” But Zuckerberg chose silence. Finally, Facebook mentioned some of the Silicon Valley companies that became competitors of this gigantic social network.
Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Vimeo, Line, Skype, WeChat and LinkedIn are the ranks of companies recognized to be their competitors.
Problem shadow profile proposed by Senator Mark Udall, Facebook does not argue if they also collect data from people who do not have a Facebook account.
In short, shadow profiles are information that Facebook stores from non-Facebook users that can be mobile numbers, e-mail addresses or home phone numbers.
Facebook also provides contacts in the following links that can be contacted by those who do not have a Facebook account, but feel the data about it collected silently.
According to Facebook explanation, non-Facebook user information is received from websites that have Facebook features like “likes” buttons or an embedded comment field to Facebook. However, Facebook claims to have no way to identify who does not have a Facebook account.
“We do not create profiles from non-Facebook users, nor do we use website and app logs for non-Facebook users to display advertisements targeted by our advertisers,” wrote Facebook.
It recognizes if non-Facebook users also have a chance of getting ads that encourage them to register a Facebook account. Facebook uses a technology they call “pixels”, in other companies also called web beacons or web tags.
The technology is used to gather information for advertisers about what happens after users click on their ads on Facebook. However, Facebook argues that his company is not the only one who practices this way, including Google.
“This is a standard feature on the internet, most websites and apps share the same information across different third parties, whenever people visit their website or app,” Facebook’s pretense.
Facebook then pointed out, on April 16th, the “like” button appeared on 8.4 million websites, the “share” button was on 931,000 websites that included 275 million pages of websites, and there were 2.2 million Facebook pixels installed on the site – the website.
Does Facebook track IP address?
Another question Zuckerberg did not explain in the conference room was “does Facebook track IP addresses (Internet protocols) when users log in to their Facebook accounts?”.
Facebook does not argue if they automatically log in to the IP address when a user logs in to a Facebook account. Users can download a list of IP addresses that they used to log in Facebook through the feature “Download Your Information” at the following link.
In addition to IP address, Facebook also disclose what information they collect from user devices. Among these are device attributes such as operating systems, hardware and software versions, battery levels, signal strength and availability of storage space.
There are also device operations, identifiers (identifiers), device connectivity, data from device settings that include locations when GPS is turned on, cameras and photos.
Facebook also collects information from networks and connections such as cell provider name, ISP, time zone, and also tracks cookie data. Two months after his testimony on Capitol Hill, USA, Facebook is not without another scandal.
Last report mentions if Facebook shares its user data to 60 device vendors. Facebook also announced if the bugs on its platform caused 14 million personal data users spread to the public.