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Facebook doesn’t know what it’s doing with your data, or where it’s going

Facebook is currently under enormous pressure from privacy regulations around the world, and it doesn’t help that an internal document has been leaked, published by Motherboard, where the company admits it has no idea. where all your user data goes and what you do with it.

“We have built systems with open borders. The result of these open systems and this open culture is well described by an analogy: imagine you have a bottle of ink in your hand. This ink bottle is a mixture of all kinds of data from users. (3PD -third-party data-, 1PD -raw data-, SCD -data classified as sensitive-, Europe, etc.) You are pouring this ink into a lake of water (our open data systems; our open culture).. .and it’s flowing…everywhere,” the leaked document reads.

“How do you inject that ink back into the bottle? How do you organize it so that it only flows into the authorized areas of the lake? We cannot confidently make controlled policy changes or external commitments like” we will not use Data X for ET purposes.” And yet, that is exactly what regulators expect of us.”

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The document was written last year by Facebook privacy engineers of the advertising and commercial products team, whose mission is “build meaningful connections between people and businesses“, and “is central to our monetization strategy and is driving Facebook’s growth“.

“We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how data is used by our systems, and therefore cannot confidently make controlled policy changes or external commitments like” we will not use X data for Y purposes.” And yet, this is exactly what regulators expect of us, which increases our risk of errors and misrepresentations,” the document states.

In other words, even Facebook’s own engineers admit they’re struggling to make sense of and keep track of where user data goes once they are inside Facebook’s systems.

According to legal experts interviewed by Motherboard, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) specifically prohibits this type of reuse, and the leaked document shows that Facebook may not even have the ability to limit its handling of user data. The document raises the question ofwhether Facebook is able to globally comply with privacy regulations because of the large amount of data it collects and the places through which it circulates within the company.

A Facebook spokesperson denied that the document shows that the company violates privacy policies. We will have to wait to find out what will happen after the revelation of this information.

“Because this document does not describe our extensive processes and controls for complying with privacy regulations, it is simply inaccurate to conclude that it demonstrates non-compliance,” the social network spokesperson said. .

New privacy regulations around the world are introducing different requirements and this document reflects the technical solutions we are building to extend the current measures we have in place to manage data and meet our obligations.”

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