Technology Facebook users in new poll more worried about privacy

16:15  11 april  2018
16:15  11 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Despite Facebook 's reputation for raising privacy concerns as it adds new ways to share information online, most users aren't very worried , according to a new poll by USA Today and Gallup. Facebook Privacy : Creepy Website a Reminder to Know Your Settings.

Facebook users don’t care so much about privacy . The poll found that only 26 percent of Facebook users had “serious privacy concerns,” but it’s not clear why and whether people who worry about privacy simply avoid Facebook .

A protester with the group © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A protester with the group "Raging Grannies" holds a sign outside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on April 5. Facebook users are increasingly worried about their privacy online amid revelations that political contractor Cambridge Analytica used the social media platform to obtain information on 87 million Americans without their consent, according to a new Gallup poll.

Forty-three percent of Facebook users surveyed said they were concerned about the invasion of privacy, while only 11 percent of users in the poll said they were "not concerned at all."

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As detailed by a Sophos Security post earlier today, the IT security blog conducted a poll of over 4,000 Facebook users in order to determine a general consensus regarding Facebook ’s new Timeline However, it’s extremely likely that respondents within the poll are “ more conscious of privacy and

Internet users are more concerned about hackers, Facebook advertisers, and family members violating their online privacy than they are about the government, according to a new survey. By Katherine Jacobsen, Contributor September 5, 2013.

The poll marks an uptick in the number of the platform's users who say they are worried about privacy on Facebook.

Thirty percent of Facebook users in 2011 said they were concerned about the invasion of privacy on the platform.

Facebook is currently embroiled in a controversy with Cambridge Analytica, which was linked to the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.

The company's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, held his own during lengthy testimony before a Senate panel on Tuesday. Zuckerberg apologized for the platform's mistakes but sought to make the case that Facebook is a force for good to connect users around the world.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake," Zuckerberg told the panel.

My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together," he said. "I believe deeply in what we're doing. And when we address these challenges, I know we'll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world."

The Gallup poll was conducted on April 2-8, among 1,509 adults living in the U.S. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

Facebook Is Trying to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users From Stricter Privacy Regulations .
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a strict set of laws governing what data tech companies can collect on users, requiring them to seek explicit opt-in consent before doing so, and promptly disclose breaches, goes into effect on May 25th, 2018. Currently, the GDPR would require Facebook to apply these changes to 1.9 billion users. It wants to exclude 1.5 billion of those users.Per Reuters, Facebook users outside the US and Canada are currently subject to whatever regulations apply to the company’s foreign headquarters in Ireland—where it is situated to take advantage of generous tax rules other countries have labeled a tax haven.

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