Facebook’s data management system is chaotic, according to the company’s engineers

The privacy engineers on Facebook’s ad team wrote a report to senior executives last year detailing how the company needs to find a way to manage and record the ever-increasing amount of data due to compliance with various privacy laws and regulations – writes the Motherboard came into his possession internal document Based on. According to the authors, the platform is often groped in the dark when it comes to data from about 1.9 billion users.

Engineers have warned managers that shortcomings in the data management system will make it difficult for various governments to make promises about the use of their citizens ’data because the company does not have an adequate level of control and cannot support how its systems use the data. Accordingly, it is not possible to make statements that “X data is not used for Y purposes”, which increases the risk of errors and misleading.

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According to the report, the main difficulty is the lack of closed systems for tracking and organizing user data. In other words, the boundaries of the company’s system are open, combining both internal, third-party, and therefore Facebook, and sensitive data. According to the authors of the report, this is similar to someone pouring a bottle of ink into a river (in this case, open data systems) and then trying to get only the ink back into the bottle.

According to the authors, Facebook used to be in a relatively simpler position because it had to respond separately to individual data protection regulations (such as the EU GDPR), but in recent years there have been a series of other laws imposing different restrictions, including in India , Thailand, South Africa and South Korea. Overall, the document questions whether Facebook is prepared for a tsunami of similar restrictions.

A Facebook spokesman has denied the Motherboard the allegation that current privacy standards are not being met. “Given that the document does not go into detail about our extensive processes and controls to comply with data protection standards, inaccurate conclusions can be drawn from it. Newer regulations have different requirements around the world, and the report reflects on the technical solutions we have built to handle our data and fulfill our obligations, ”he said.


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