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Facebook Faces Disturbing New Litigation Over Data Privacy

December 20, 2018 / Wayne Rash

Social media giant Facebook has upheld one of its promises to its users––that it would never sell their personal data––but only because the company was giving it away for free instead. Even then, it considered selling it until deciding that the backlash would be a problem. Instead, according to a report in The New York Times, the social network allowed other companies essentially unrestricted access to user data, including their private messages. The article goes on to say that despite the promise by Facebook executives that those practices had ended, and despite sworn testimony in hearings before Congress saying the same thing, the practices continued at least through late summer 2018. This data sharing has gone on for years, and received notice earlier this year when a political research company, Cambridge Analytica, was revealed to have used vast amounts of Facebook user data without user permission. Worse, it now appears that Facebook ignored user privacy se...