Mar 14, 2017

Facebook data 'off-limits' for spy tools

It follows the American Civil Liberties Union of California's revelations the police had used surveillance tool Geofeedia to access data from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The ACLU said Facebook had made it "Crystal clear" such data was now off-limits. In a blogpost, Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, said developers could no longer "Use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance". "Our approach involves making careful decisions every day about how we use and protect data at Facebook." In November, after the ACLU revelations, Twitter said that using its data to "Track or profile protesters and activists is absolutely unacceptable and prohibited".

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