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Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning

Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning

An analysis of more than 500 campaign websites reveals routine data sharing that belies politicians’ tough talk on data privacy.
June 27th, 2019|Tags: , , |

On Thursday June 27, 2019, Wired at WIRED wrote:
The latest round of excoriation came last week after the company revealed its ambitious plan to create a worldwide cryptocurrency called Libra.

Just one problem: Despite their professed concerns with Facebook, both senators' campaign websites—sherrodbrown.com and joshhawley.com—have an invisible piece of Facebook technology, called a pixel, that tracks when anyone visits their homepages and shares this information with Facebook.

Brown’s office did not respond to a request for comment, and Hawley’s office, when reached by WIRED, did not respond to questions.

If we cannot trust our elected officials to protect data their constituents provide to them on their own websites, how can we trust them to protect the data of hundreds of millions of Americans on the most widely used platforms in the world?

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