Facebook Data Breach 2018 | Data of 50 million users used by Cambridge Analytica
Facebook is a great place to meet new people and get updates from our loved ones, we usually share our whereabouts and moments on daily basis without knowing the fact that this information can be used against us or maybe some random data warehousing company is making profit out of it. A very similar incident happened recently with Facebook where a company named Cambridge Analytica used personal data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission, this leads to a major 14% downfall of facebook’s shares along with online chaos on twitter where #deletefacebook was trending on number one and people were talking about deleting their Facebook accounts due to this data breach.
Later on Facebook Ceo Mark Zukerberg admitted his company’s fault and apologies for the same by stating that privacy of users should be increased and this is a very big issue.
Cambridge Analytica is linked with Donald Trump and his election campaigns and there are good chances that these details are obtained for election campaigns, we all have our likes an dislikes an what we think about various political issues an parties. This data is very useful in shaping the election results and can be used by any politician to get attention form its voters.
Later on Mr. Elon Musk is being notified by some twitter users that his company Tesla and Spacex is having facebook pages and he should delete them as well and Mr. Musk replied that he was not ware of that and very soon those pages will be deleted for sure and indeed after few minutes the pages were gone which had around 2 million followers around the globe. Mr musk was concerned about privacy and other security factors on social networking websites.
As we know this is not the first data breach happened, we have witnessed many breached in past few years and more will happen in future. We are connected to the internet and these websites like crazy from google home to amazon echo everything nowadays are dependent on the internet so we really can’t afford these data breaches and our government should make strict rules regarding data privacy and data warehousing rules just to make sure no company would do this again or implement strict rules for user’s privacy.