Facebook has become the focus of concern. According to The Guardians- a Pulitzer winning website, Facebook tracks all visitors, leaving information in cookies without users’ consent. EU privacy law states that prior consent must be given before issuing a cookie or performing tracking, unless it is necessary for either the networking required to connect to the service or to deliver a service specifically requested by the user. Facebook breached EU’s law by tracking and ignoring users’ privacy. Also according to an EFF expert, users’ can’t limit their data and Facebook takes not only behavioral data, but location data as well. Another case in 2013, employees in AT&T took the security numbers and phone numbers of users’ to track down the unlock codes of the phones and after that AT&T was fined $25 million. So they did a bad job on keeping privacy for not giving enough options for the users’ to opt out the unwanted tracking and should provide more privacy.
People who disagree with me might say, they are not invading privacy of the users’. As mentioned above, Facebook has already made some changes on their privacy options. And in 2013, after the PRISM project was revealed, Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook announced personally that Facebook and himself had never heard of PRISM and never sent any information to the government without carefully reviewing the request. But personally I do not think he was being honest. In Shrem’s case, the group mentioned that Facebook’s data processing lacks transparency and user control. Which means that they might take data other than just cookie and transfer them to the NSA.
In conclusion, according to the cases above, the group Europe vs Facebook claims the mass data transfer to the NSA, Facebook tracks cookies and location, so all these come up to one point, social medias are doing a bad job at keeping the privacy, they need to think about not only profit, also how not to make the cyber environment an unease place to stay.
Conclusion, updated May 26th, 2015