“Imagine you hold a bottle of ink in your hand,” they wrote. “This bottle of ink is a mixture of all kinds of user data. … You pour that ink into a lake of water … and it flows … everywhere. How do you put that ink back in the bottle? How do you organize it again, such that it only flows to the allowed places in the lake?”
They concluded: “We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data, and thus we can’t confidently make controlled policy changes or external commitments such as ‘we will not use X data for Y purpose.’ And yet, this is exactly what regulators expect us to do, increasing our risk of mistakes and misrepresentation.”
In other words, Meta has completely failed to keep track of what data it was collecting, how it’s stored, and how it’s used.
How Meta handles our data is actually sickening 🤮