Social networking mega star Facebook gathers users from all over the globe into its cozy, virtual watering hole. While running through constantly-updated news-feeds is considered as healthy exercise by some people, others start to feel like Facebook is grabbing too much of their time (and personal information). The Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) stated serious accusations towards Facebook and emphasized that Spanish-speaking users no longer feel like their privacy is considered as a priority rather than something to exploit. AEPD is not the only one to be curious about the way Facebook treats its user communities and whether it does not over-step boundaries of basic privacy.
This is not the first time when Facebook has received some negative publicity. Way back in May, Facebook office from Australia had published an article revealing that the platform collected information about people that might have been emotionally unstable or suffering from depression. Also, live-streaming function became a controversial feature when suicide videos were published for all the world to see.
Spanish authorities demand that Facebook would pay fines for violations of users’ privacy
The Spanish agency has issued several accusations towards Facebook. Firstly, it mentions that Facebook does not show any respect for confidential information about users and exploits this data for inappropriate purposes. Users’ positions on politics, religion, personal preferences, gender and browsing histories are used to form advertising plans. This basically means that online advertisements that users are exposed to will be shaped in accordance with individual opinions and frequently visited domains.
You would insist to know whether users are informed before this suspicious stalking occurs. Shockingly, Facebook does not see a necessity for full disclosure and feels more comfortable with secretive activities. According to the AEPD, this loose attitude can cost Facebook approximately 1,200,000 euros.
While we all might be skeptical and unwilling to doubt Facebook (since it is so convenient), the company manages to exist without being open about all of its operations and objectives. You might have noticed that more and more sponsored content and advertisements are being incorporated into news-feeds. To no one’s surprise, this material is usually convenient for Facebook users. No wonder: it is based on users’ preferences and browsing habits.
Since Facebook usually presents relevant ads, nobody feels an uncontrollable urge to protest. Although millions of new members visit this social networking site daily, the company has not fully explained about monitoring activities it initiates. Also, Facebook is not eager to discuss about all purposes of data-collection. Of course, the obvious reason is the displayed advertisements, but some security researchers believe that there must be more than one reason.
Also, if you think that by deleting your Facebook account you will forever escape the suspicious hands of this network, this not fully correct. The service appears to store information from deleted accounts for 17 months. What for? Is it waiting for those users to come crawling back? Despite the global admiration for Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook does not escape similar accusations. Also, its worldwide service is also blamed for creating Privacy Policies that are way too complicated to fully comprehend.