SYDNEY: Visitors at the Commonwealth Games in Australia could have their Facebook data mined in exchange for free and fast wifi, although authorities Thursday insisted no private or personal information will be stored. The move comes as Facebook is embroiled in a snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users. It erupted when a whistleblower revealed that British data consultant Cambridge Analytica had created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app. The app was downloaded by 270,000 people, but also scooped up their friends’ data without consent – as was possible under Facebook’s rules at the time. “The data that might be collected by council, depending on a person’s Facebook privacy settings, would include how many friends they have, who their friends are, what they’ve liked on Facebook and their photos,” he said.
Source: New Strait Times March 22, 2018 00:22 UTC