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Facebook "did not do enough" to prevent data breaches

This week former Facebook employee Sandy Parakilas - who has claimed covert harvesting was routine at the social network - told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that the firm did not do enough to prevent, identify - or act upon - data breaches.

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As a member of the committee, I asked Parakilas - who was employed in a role focused on data protection and app compliance at FB - if the situation had posed a challenge to democracy. He agreed, saying it had posed a "huge challenge" to democracy.

However, when I questioned Parakilas on whether he thinks Facebook understands the enormity of the problem here, he replied that they did not - otherwise they would have done something quicker.

** See more about the investigation here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43486140

 

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