Facebook pledges its data would not be used for surveillance

Tuesday 14 March 2017 a week ago 41   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : NEW YORK: Facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. This includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters. The company said that it is making an existing policy explicit. Facebook says it has already taken action against developers who created or marketed tools meant to be used for surveillance. It says it wants to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply. Last fall, the American Civil Liberties Union obtained records that Facebook and its Instagram service provided user data access to Geofeedia, which develops a monitoring product marketed to law enforcement. The ACLU said at the time that while both Instagram and Facebook cut off access after finding out about this, Facebook did not have a public policy specifically prohibiting developers from taking user data for surveillance. The new prohibition states that developers - who get access to user data from Facebook to create apps - should protect the information you receive from us against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. 02