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No, this is not a breach. Words still mean things.



"Words still mean things" is not an argument.

This can be a 'breach' by many of these definitions.[0][1][2]

You're basically saying, "Words only mean the things that I want them to mean, and if you try to use them a different way than I approve, then I will use this meme to try to shut you down."

Words fluctuate in meaning all the time. This may very well be the beginning of a new definition for breach, i.e., a social data breach, for example.

But we don't even have to go so far as to claim that this is a new meaning for breach. Any of these old definitions contains sufficient meaningfulness to make "Facebook loses control of data to unauthorized breach" perfectly intelligble.

[0] https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/breach [1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breach [2] http://www.dictionary.com/browse/breach


> Any of these old definitions contains sufficient meaningfulness to make "Facebook loses control of data to unauthorized breach" perfectly intelligble.

Sure, but the point being made by the "it's not a breach" people is that Facebook didn't lose control of data to an unauthorized breach. They gave up data according to their own documented and expected procedures to people who were supposed to have it. "Facebook voluntarily and purposefully gives away data in an authorized breach" is not so intelligible.

The fact that "Facebook loses control of data to unauthorized breach" would be a sensible, understandable sentence isn't really relevant when nothing of the kind has happened. Who'd be using that sentence?


I guess then I'm confused about the narrative of the story so far.

Did Facebook have control over its (my? your?) data at Cambridge Analytica or not? I thought the extra 50 to 250 million profiles scraped were unauthorized access?

I could be entirely mistaken.


I had the impression that they just had 50 and they lied about "every american" on the stage. Might be very wrong though.


> "Words only mean the things that I want them to mean, and if you try to use them a different way than I approve, then I will use this meme to try to shut you down."

checkyoursudo, I don't want to shut anybody down. I get your point. And I am sure that in a world of haveibeenpwned.com and Equifax you get mine.

Let's focus on the real issue here. Facebook has data that: - Can harm everyone - Is not protecting it well enough


I do get your point. 100%




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