New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan have joined a total of 38 state and territorial AGs in sending a letter “demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections,” according to a news release from the N.H. AG’s Office.
This, of course, comes in the wake of last week’s news that “Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users,” as reported by the New York Times in this explainer.
Here’s a list of questions about Facebook’s policies and practices, as summarized in the news release:
- Were (Facebook’s) terms of service clear and understandable?
- How did Facebook monitor what these developers did with all the data that they collected?
- What type of controls did Facebook have over the data given to developers?
- Did Facebook have protective safeguards in place, including audits, to ensure developers were not misusing the Facebook user’s data?
- How many users in the states of the signatory Attorneys General were impacted?
- When did Facebook learn of this breach of privacy protections?
- During this time frame, what other third party “research” applications were also able to access the data of unsuspecting Facebook users?
You can read the full letter and see all of its signatories below.
And if your head is still spinning from all of this Cambridge Analytica stuff, I found last week’s episode of NYT podcast The Daily to be a great primer on the topic.
— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) March 21, 2018