Facebook has not fully answered data privacy questions, say United Kingdom lawmakers

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Facebook UK's head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, gave 39 answers to the extra questions in a letter published by the committee.

A House of Commons committee has repeated its call for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in its inquiry on "fake news", after branding written evidence from the company disappointing.

Given that these were follow up questions to questions Mr Schroepfer previously failed to answer, we expected both detail and data, and in a number of cases got excuses.

Facebook discovered the potentially dodgy applications as part of an "investigation and audit" created to unearth apps like the personality testing app that harvested information from users and sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytica. According to Facebook, the data breaches in question took place before the site's platform policies were changed in 2014.

In March, following Facebook's infamous data privacy scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a full audit of all Facebook-connected apps.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible".

The question over how many clicks or swipes it takes for users to change their privacy settings was also dodged.

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Responding to Mr Collins's comments, a Facebook spokesman said: "We have provided comprehensive responses to the 39 points that the committee raised following Mike Schroepfer's testimony".

But it's also worth noting the way the MPs phrased some of these questions allowed Facebook this wiggle room - and opened up the avenue for debate on what a "real" answer would be.

Facebook suspended the app on April 7, after it accessed the "Big Five" personality scores of 3.1 million users, and two million status updates from over 150,000 users, including details about age, gender and relationship status from 4.3 million people.

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Researchers from the University of Cambridge distributed the data gathered by the Facebook personality app myPersonality to hundreds of other researchers through a website without enough security provisions.

There were a couple of new insights, such as detail on the extent of Facebook data gathering across the net. The Facebook CEO was summoned for the company's recent data privacy scandals by the UK Parliament, and he has already missed his deadline by three days. "We were disappointed after providing a very significant amount of information to the committee at the last hearing the committee declared our response insufficient", wrote Stimson.

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