A week ago, when the Cambridge Analytica + Facebook story broke, my general desire for privacy made sense.
Since I've joined the internet, I've always wanted to have a certain sense of control over my data. Everyone I talked to always thought my usage of aggressive adblock, not using the Facebook native app, and other privacy choices didn't make sense. I half understood; why would I not share my data with Google? They make your life so much easier (predicting your commute time, etc.). Nonetheless, I've kept a moderate level of privacy consciousness in mind.
Now, my fears are founded. Not only is data collected by Facebook allowed to be siphoned off to anyone you (or your friends!) give access to, but Facebook itself, essentially admits they used all of the data they collect to better target you with ads.
Downloaded my facebook data as a ZIP file— Dylan McKay (@dylanmckaynz) March 21, 2018
Somehow it has my entire call history with my partner's mum pic.twitter.com/CIRUguf4vD
In a blog post published after a New Zealand man reported that his call and text logs were recorded by Facebook for years, Zuckerberg essentially states "You agreed to this." This blog post, titled "Fact Check: Your Call and SMS History" stated:
You may have seen some recent reports that Facebook has been logging people’s call and SMS (text) history without their permission.
This is not the case.
Except, by posting this, they essentially say, by clicking that one blue button in onboarding, you give us a free range license to use your call and text history for any purpose.
For a while, its been a cliché on Hacker News that:
Facebook, through its actions, has made it clear, this is resoundingly true.
That said, I think this video from TED really sums up the problem and why we need to fix this dystopia we are headed to.