Personal Data Security Scandal of Facebook
Recently, Facebook is involved in a serious scandal that reveals how Facebook deal with its users’ personal information. As you may know, Facebook sold over 50 million users’ personal information to a data analysis firm called Cambridge Analytica without their consents. Despite they claim this practice for academic research, Cambridge Analytica has no relation to any academic organizations. What’s more, its focused field is how data would influence the electoral process which allows people to assume the Trump’s presidential election can be manipulated by certain people through posting biased advertisements to Facebook users. To gather more personal data, the personality quiz on Facebook allows Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to have more detailed personal information under the unwittingness of Facebook users. After this disclosure, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to take further steps in protecting its users’ privacy.
Many Facebook users are deleting their accounts as a response to this scandal. As a MIS student, would you think the cyber security topic will be the standing one in the future? Or do you think it is the top topic alreay?