How safe is Facebook? More specifically, how safe is your data on Facebook? Last week the latest privacy scandal struck the world’s largest social media network when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy conservative data analytics company credited with winning votes for Brexit and Donald Trump, got its hands on the data of 50m American Facebook users. The social media giant was quick to point out that this wasn’t a "violation" of its policies because the data was legitimately provided to psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, who then sold it to Cambridge Analytica. It’s kind of like saying that a gun used in a murder was legitimately bought at a store before it was stolen, isn’t it? Facebook’s value plummeted US$37bn last Monday after the news broke, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth was shaved by $5bn. Within two days it had dropped over $50bn. Zuckerberg apologised five days after The Observer investigation broke, calling it a "breach of trust". But it is so much more.In...

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