Washington is putting the pressure on Mark Zuckerberg to be held accountable for Facebook’s use of customer data. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering taking legal action against the social media giant.
Zuckerberg is again facing serious backlash due to Facebook’s mishandling of sensitive, private information. Connecticut Senator (D) Richard Blumenthal, a member of the judiciary committee, said that it is time for the FTC to start taking action.
The controversy still stems from Facebook’s use of private information. According to its 2011 settlement, the company was supposed to ask users before sharing their data. Ever since the Cambridge Analytics scandal, the FTC has confirmed it is conducting an investigation.
This time, it seems that Zuckerberg may be held more directly responsible. In fact, Blumenthal has specifically said that Zuckerberg must be brought to justice.
Trusting Third-Parties With Your Data
The Facebook controversy once again underscores a crucial question that is still not being talked about enough — namely, should we really trust third-parties with our private data?
Facebook’s disrespect for privacy is egregious, but it’s foolish to expect that we can trust these massive companies to safely secure our data. The reality is that they really should not even be given the chance to exploit our personal information. They shouldn’t even be storing it.
The Facebook controversy has definitely demonstrated one thing: centralized servers can’t be trusted.
Ultimately, the crux of the backlash against the social media giant is over it storing all of our photos and information and then selling it to third-party advertisers. The goal, then, should be to take this power from Facebook and other tech conglomerates, entirely.The Facebook controversy has definitely demonstrated one thing: centralized servers can't be trusted. Click To Tweet
Replacing Centralized Servers with Blockchain Systems
Luckily, there is already a working alternative to Facebook’s centralization. Blockchain systems not only operate as trustless solutions where no company can exploit the information it stores, but they protect our privacy without needing to rely on a third-party for authentication.
Instead of Facebook hoarding our personal data, such information would only be stored in a self-organizing blockchain system. This would mean that only you could access your own data.
What do you think about Facebook’s privacy issues and blockchain systems? Let us know your thoughts below.
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