At the moment, Mark Zuckerberg is testifying in front of Congress. Facebook is under the microscope because they allowed an app to take data that they collected and use it in ways that were not in alignment with their company policies. Zuckerberg openly admitted that they made mistakes. Let's look at the mistakes, Facebook's remedies and what anyone who is dealing with vasts amounts of data can do to not make the same mistake themselves.
Companies everywhere are watching this testimony and waiting to see if new laws and regulations come into play in this information age. Zuckerberg has said that Facebook will be compliant with GDPR in geo-regions in the EU but will not be taking the steps towards compliance in other parts of the world.
Even though this data was "legally" acquired by these Facebook App Developers, Facebook has now found themselves in a "data harvest" situation that is equivalent to a "data breach" situation.
All of the steps that you would normally take to secure your data for a data breach should be used when you are allowing data that you have collected to leave your system. Once it has left your system, you have little control how that data is used. While you may not have been involved in the malicious activity, you certainly don't want to be the catalyst that allowed your data to be used against your own internal policies.
Whenever data stories hit the news, it's a good time for all of us to look back and reflect on the ways that we can track and secure our information better. It's a good time to review Data Governance policies and Data Breach protocols. We should all strive to be good data stewards of our customers' and users' information.
Facebook is also under scrutiny over Russian interference in the recent US election, but that's a different topic altogether.
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