Kurt Wagner, writing for Recode:
Back in May, at the height of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica
privacy scandal, the company made a timely announcement: Facebook
users would soon be able to clear the browsing history connected
to their Facebook profile, meaning that the company would no
longer link users to the apps and websites they visited off of the
The product, called “Clear History,” got a lot of attention. Not
only is browsing data important — Facebook uses it to target
people with advertising — but CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Clear
History himself during Facebook’s annual developer conference.
Clear History was an olive branch meant to show everyone how
serious Facebook is about privacy. […]
As it turns out, clearing your browser history was harder to
implement than Facebook expected. It’s been more than seven months
since Zuckerberg’s announcement and Facebook hasn’t mentioned
Clear History since.
I don’t think it was hard, per se, but that the entire announcement was bullshit intended to distract people from the biggest privacy scandal in company history — and Facebook is a company riddled with privacy scandals.
This is what my idea of regulation would entail: every user of every social network should be able to see (and easily find) the entirety of what the network knows about them, and delete any and all of it whenever they want.
★ Friday, 28 December 2018