“…I hear you,” his apology module might have sounded less like a Marco Rubio AI demo. Faceberg’s media tour doesn’t change the fact that Facebook’s core business model relies on data mining.
Everything Faceberg said on his Don’t Blame Me Tour has to be counterbalanced against what he wrote from his dorm room in 2004:
“I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS. People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me.’ Dumb fucks.”
The essential thing you have to know about Faceberg is that he is one of the few human beings whom we would all be more sympathetic to if—like so many socially awkward engineers I worked with in Silicon Valley—there was such a thing as late-onset Asperger’s Syndrome Spectrum, but alas! he’s just an asshole and sociopath. And we apologize to Aspies everywhere for comparing them to Faceberg.
Anyway, the MIT email thingie has a good round-up of where we are today:
The privacy bill of rights sounded intriguing:
MARKEY: Yes. And there is clearly a Dickensian quality to the Internet. It’s the best of technologies and the worst of technology simultaneously. It can enable and ennoble, but it can also degrade and debase. We need rules and regulations that reduce this degradation and debasement of the political process but of privacy protections for Americans in general. So we do need a privacy bill of rights that we pass through Congress and that would guarantee that every American know when information is being gathered about them, know when that information’s being re-used for purposes other than which the consumer wanted it to be used. And third and most importantly, they have a right to say no. And we have to enshrine that as the law in our country.
GREENE: That would be enforceable – some sort of bill of rights, like, that it wouldn’t just be stating, this is what users should know – that it’d be something enforceable, that Facebook could be punished somehow if they allowed something like this to happen.
MARKEY: That is correct – that it’d just be the law of the land, not just for Facebook, for – but for any of these online companies. This is the moment of reckoning. This is the time that has finally arrived where we need a national debate about the values that we’ve had in the real world but not in the online world in terms of protection. And ultimately, the Federal Trade Commission did, in fact, reach a consent decree with Facebook back in 2011 which required Facebook to obtain explicit permission before sharing data about its users. As a result, Facebook is already on a privacy probation. But it’s clear here that the protections were not put in place.
I would add that the YUGE data breaches at the banks, credit monitoring companies, Yahoo, etc., all fall into that same bucket. That they offer us—the freakin’ victims of their lax ways—a free credit monitoring account for 6 months after nearly 50% of the country had their identity stolen and which cost them nothing does absolutely nothing to insure that it never happen again. It’s now just a cost of doing bidness.
There must be a real penalty that makes these imbeciles stay awake at night.