I wish I could say that I was surprised by the Facebook data loss and the intentions of Cambridge Analytica.
But that would be a lie.
The size of the data loss (now 87 million records) is a little surprising, but not much else.
These platforms can be turned into weapons, and there are many individuals and organizations that are only too glad to do this.
On the positive side (if there is a positive side in this mess), the fact that this is a European company involved in this breach I believe is a very good thing.
I believe that if this had been a US company, it would have disappeared pretty quickly from the news.
Currently, Europe takes data privacy and personal ownership of data much more seriously than the US.
This is clearly evident with the pending implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
GDPR can be looked at either a good instrument to support organizations that want build trust with their customer through transparency on their use of personal data, or it can be a hammer to nail organizations that are cavalier or sloppy.
Finally, while I have no specific knowledge of others, I wonder how many more organizations or researchers were behaving like Cambridge Analytica?
I find it very unlikely that Cambridge Analytica is/was the only organization behaving in this manner.
Michael Shea contributes to The Pillar Project. Pillar is an ambitious project to return ownership of personal data to you. We will do this through decentralised blockchain technology, starting with a token wallet.
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