Data privacy concerns on Facebook, the social megalith, have been raised again. It has been reported that the email contacts of 1.5 million users have been uploaded to the site without their permission or knowledge.
The problem occurred on the new account page, where users had to enter their email password. This allowed access to the complete contact list of users. Facebook has promised to delete the email contact information and inform the affected users.
"We've fixed the underlying issue and notify people whose contacts have been imported. Users can also review and manage contacts they share with Facebook in their preferences.
This news only adds to the already poor data of the tech giant's past. Political manipulations and security breaches affecting more than 30 million users have already led to a decline in user confidence.
The problems are attracting the attention of big tech companies in terms of their users. As user data is the source of massive revenues and profits, users are becoming a commodity. This leads to an increasing temptation for companies to use private data for business growth ̵
Because Facebook is highly centralized, its user base has little or no indication of such policies. As with the current approval, most of these violations occur without the users' knowledge or consent.
Facebook has promised to delete the data answer to the problem may be more systemic. The only thing that will really change the trajectory of such companies is the shift from company control and profitability to improved user control.
Blockchain technology is already being used for data control and privacy. Being able to give users social control over social contacts would reduce corporate profits but also increase privacy. In addition, in a blockchain-based model, the data is no longer stored by the centralized company, making data protection a collaborative effort.
While Facebook has already considered the use of blockchains and a domestic digital currency, the problem must be solved leadership. Up to a more decentralized approach, such violations are likely to persist.
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