Shadow profiles: Facebook has information you didn't hand over

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"Based on our investigation, you don't appear to have logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015".

Zuckerberg asserted that Facebook did not sell data. And in the past, Facebook has described various forms of data collection that don't involve users directly giving it to the social network.

At the Senate hearing, Zuckerberg said he was willing to consider new restrictions, and agreed to send suggestions to Congress. Senators signalled they may move to rein in Facebook, which has thrived as part of an online industry that has largely escaped regulation.

Facebook Australian and New Zealand spokeswoman Antonia Sanda said: "Since 2014 [accessing the data of friends] hasn't been a feature, that particular permission was locked down years ago".

"We would like to thank Dr. Tayler for his service in what has been a challenging time for the company", the board of directors said. But after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

That data comes from a range of sources, said Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Facebook is directing people to their settings page where you can update the information you share with apps and websites.

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect on May 25, also will require companies to tell users what information they are using and why they're using it, how long they will store it and who else will be able to see it.

"Our team made an enforcement error and we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it", Zuckerberg told Congress.

"If you messaged anybody this week would you share with us the names of the people you messaged?"

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Zuckerberg also confirmed reports on so-called shadow profiles, profiles of people who did not sign up for Facebook but are still being tracked.

The issue of Facebook and people leaving of course they can't, there were the same problems with the financial crisis of 2008.

Now that you know the status of your data, what you decide to do with your account is up to you.

During a second, extended round of questions from U.S. lawmakers overnight, the billionaire founder of the social media giant revealed his own personal information may have been shared with the controversial British political consultancy agency.

There have been previous Facebook bounty programs, but they focused on bugs and glitches on the social network. Does that means the number of users affected might grow beyond the 87 million estimated by Facebook.

Zuckerberg was also not sure how long the data remains on Facebook after a user has deleted his or her account.

CA has been accused of mining personal information of millions of Facebook users illegitimately to help political campaigns and influence polls in several countries.

The data harvesting scandal took a new turn after the company's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, published a blogpost detailing what changes Facebook was making to better protect user information.

Republican 8th District Congressman Richard Hudson brought up Diamond and Silk during his time to question Zuckerberg.

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