Facebook Has No Idea How its User Data is Being Handled

An internal report shared with Motherboard reveals that Facebook is having improper policies for handling user data.

It’s said the company is mixing up all types of data collected, which makes it harder for them to retrieve the specific data point later on. Also, this method is not in line with many of the data regulations noted by several countries.

Improper Policies For Storing User Data

Even after changing the parent company’s name to Meta and shifting all the focus away, Facebook is still dealing with controversies on user privacy and data security. Adding to the top of them, a new report shared with Motherboard revealed that Facebook has some poor user data handling policies.

The report, written by Privacy engineers of Facebook’s Ad and Business Product, says that the company doesn’t know how exactly they’re storing the collected user data. This means, they’re combining the first-party data, third-party data, and sensitive data of users into one form and dumping it into the database, which makes it harder for them to retrieve later on.

Engineers warned that this open border system isn’t feasible and may make the company face problems in near future, as several countries are coming up with their own data regulations. This will eventually put an end to Facebook’s ‘luxury’ of addressing privacy regulations one at a time, like the EU’s GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Talking about this issue, the engineers said;

“We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data, and thus we can’t confidently make controlled policy changes or external commitments such as ‘we will not use X data for Y purpose’.”

As this increases the risk of mistakes and misrepresentation, they proposed a few techniques to avoid this from happening. Yet, Facebook continued without any consideration. But to Motherboard, a Facebook spokesperson replied to this report as;

“Considering this document does not describe our extensive processes and controls to comply with privacy regulations, it’s simply inaccurate to conclude that it demonstrates non-compliance.”

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