Majority of U.S. Facebook users say their personal data is unsafe; class action lawsuit is filed

On the day that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, a CBS News/YouGov survey was released that shows what American Facebook users are thinking about the social network following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. To recap very briefly, it appears that 87 million Facebook profiles were used by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica without permission, possibly violating a consent decree that Facebook signed with the FTC back in 2011. The FTC is investigating.

According to a survey of U.S. based Facebook users, 63% believe that their personal data is unsafe and is disseminated to third parties that they don't choose. And it seems that Americans aren't too optimistic about what the future holds for Facebook. 61% of those surveyed say that they do not have much confidence in Facebook's ability to come up with a way to protect personal data. 70% believe that Facebook won't be able to devise a way to stop the use of fake accounts, and 69% expect viewing disinformation to remain a part of the Facebook experience.

As Zuckerberg is set to testify to the Senate today and the House tomorrow, you should hear plenty of calls for the government to regulate social media. 61% of those surveyed agree. One interesting survey result shows that a whopping 80% were not surprised to hear that personal data was obtained by a third party company. With only 46% expressing major concern about other companies getting their hands on their personal data (40% are somewhat concerned), it remains to be seen how hard Facebook will be spanked by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, U.S. and U.K. lawyers have teamed up to file a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group and Global Science Research Ltd. Also named in the suit is Russian-American Aleksandr Kogan, who allegedly turned over personal data from Facebook accounts to Cambridge Analytica without consent of the account owners. The suit claims that personal data belonging to 1 million Facebook users in the U.K., and 70.6 million users in the U.S., was improperly obtained by third party companies without permission.

source: CBSNews



1. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The only winner in this will be the lawyer. If you are going to sue go private.

2. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I'm assuming majority of Facebook users are aware of the issue by now, but I don't expect many to quit using the site as a result. People still want the instant likes and the gratification. As long as people still care about that, Facebook will survive this. Many users vow to make the jump to Instagram without even realizing Facebook owns it too.

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1824; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Not all face book users are attention starved people. But if you have half a brain you would know that all these companies that offer free survives have to make money somehow. Don’t go putting anything on those companies products that you don’t want to be used for making money through add targeting. That includes the likes of google as well.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Say what you will but I don't think Facebook is going anywhere anytime soon. It's not like I'm a Facebook fanatic; I'm not. I'm a Twitter twit; and the only reason I've a Facebook Account is because I like to use Messenger sometimes but still... People all over the internet are saying that the Facebook is sinking like The Titanic, well its not! Sorry to burst your bubble but billion dollar companies don't wrap-up and disappear overnight! Oh well, G'Day!

8. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

They won't be affected right now. But their days of high growth will come to an end if this leads to regulation being implemented.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Aleksandr Kogan must be really happy he destroyed facebook image and mark Zuckerberg career into downhill must wanted vengeance for something mark did to him and mark must be really upset over Aleksandr for ruining his company and his 14 year idea behind social media network.Mark must be cussing him everyday personally for betraying him down & fb staff.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So... Will they do anything to Kogan and cambridge analytica? Those two are the one that collect (steal) the personal data and use it for political stuff..

5. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I still believe my data, in the hands of Equifax, is far more concerning compared to Facebook. ID theft and financial ruin is far more devastating than ads and deceptive news. What about the Whitepages and services like it? They make it nearly impossible to opt-out.

6. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I still believe my data, in the hands of Equifax, is far more concerning compared to Facebook. ID theft and financial ruin is far more devastating than ads and deceptive news. What about the Whitepages and services like it? They make it nearly impossible to opt-out.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4272; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao what data is unsafe? The data the user chose to be public?? Good luck with your lawsuit. All your doing is donating to a lawyer. I have all my settings properly set the way I want them and I confirmed nothing was shared with Cambridge. Pretty simple concept...

10. AxelFoley unregistered

So the data people gave away isn't safe. Who would have thought? If this lawsuit works, there should be a class-action suit to recoupe all the dollars people unsafely gave to strippers.

11. Ragnarkov

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

I wish i was in the alternate universe where these millions of people sued facebook, facebook just up and shut down, and all those millions of people are left saying "wtf do we do now?", because they have no lives, and inadvertantely screwed themselves. Talk about popcorn snackage time! (also, apologies for any misspellings)

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1824; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Why do you want the world to burn. There will be somthing else to take its place anyhow. Most people just use face book a little. Basically I think you had some bad expierence .............. I think your coment is reaching and a bit crazy and aggressive.

12. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

You mean the same data that Fakebook gave the Obama campaign in 2012, without asking the same users if it was ok?

15. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

They did ask the users if it was ok, if those users didn't read the permissions or chose to just ignore them, well thats thier own faults. At the end of the day Facebook had permission to use the data as it sees fit within the law.

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