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Data-bungling Facebook has to earn back our trust

Dave Lefort | January 14, 2019

It was a tight race, but we are officially declaring Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the executive most in need of a compliance makeover in 2019 (sorry, Elon Musk).

Facebook’s image took a beating in 2018, starting with the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March that revealed the social media network had allowed the political consulting firm to illicitly access the personal data of nearly 90 million users. The company took another hit in December, when it confessed to a software bug that might have given third-party apps access to photos of nearly 7 million Facebook users.

And then there were the “secret e-mails” released by a U.K. Parliamentary Committee that seemed to indicate the company gave preferred app developers special access to user data without consent.

The list went on, with all evidence pointing to a long history of Facebook mistreating users’ data even as it was asserting it was taking steps to protect it.

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