Facebook to apologise to TDs and Senators for 'violation of trust'

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

Mr Kaplan, a former senior aide in the George W Bush White House, will lead a delegation of Facebook executives and advisers to give evidence before the committee this afternoon. If I were to ditch Facebook for the privacy issues that actually exist (as opposed to the ones that most of the press is making up) then I would have to also delete pretty much every app on my smartphone, and then drop that smartphone in the trash. Ms Sweeney is now the company's head of public policy in Dublin.

If passed by the Oireachtas the proposed legislation, drafted by Fianna Fail TD James Lawless, would also result in greater transparency on the funding sources of online political advertising.

Launched in 2014, "Bumble" initially allowed Facebook-based information to speed up and simplify the process of registration and logging in of new users. That said, Facebook has known that this has been happening for years, and there is not much they can do about it, so they haven't: how do you know that digital information is being sold to someone else? Other information comes from "cookies", small files stored via a browser and used by Facebook and others to track people on the internet, sometimes to target them with ads.

Though Ministers and the Taoiseach have suggested that there are legal problems with the proposed Bill, legal advice supplied to the committee makes clear that while amendments are required, there are no fundamental constitutional or European problems with the Bill.

Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 electoral campaign among its clients.

That is, they measure a real action by the person they tried to influence. She adds that managing what information can and cannot be used by Facebook is quite complicated saying, "Even if you understand the Facebook business model, you would be hard pushed to know how far your data goes".

"One aspect of the data that was leaked from Facebook was personality profile data".

However, she will say that her office is watching the British investigation into the activities of Cambridge Analytica closely.