The Reading / Listening - Data Breach - Level 5

Facebook has apologized for the data breach that was revealed last week. CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page adverts in newspapers in the UK and US. He was being criticized for being too slow to respond to news of the breach. Data on up to 50 million users was used by a group of consultants called Cambridge Analytica (CA). CA is accused of using the data to benefit Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Zuckerberg said: "This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry....We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again." The apology made no mention of CA.



Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook should have done more to protect data from being exploited. There are reports that Facebook was warned about its weak data protection back in 2011. Mr Zuckerberg outlined the actions Facebook would now take. He said: "We're investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data...We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected." The value of Facebook fell by $75 billion this week. Many users have been abandoning their Facebook pages, in calls to #deletefacebook.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Data Breach - Level 4 or  Data Breach - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43532948
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/03/25/zuckerberg-takes-out-ads-apologize-facebook-data-misuse-crisis-intensifies/456953002/
  • http://fortune.com/2018/03/25/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-ad/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. took out full-
  2. He was being criticized for
  3. respond to news
  4. used by a group
  5. benefit Donald Trump's presidential
  6. This was a breach
  7. make sure this doesn't
  8. The apology made no
  1. of the breach
  2. happen again
  3. being too slow
  4. mention of CA
  5. page adverts
  6. of consultants
  7. campaign
  8. of trust

Paragraph 2

  1. Facebook should have
  2. protect data from
  3. weak
  4. We're investigating every single
  5. access to large amounts
  6. tell everyone
  7. The value of Facebook fell
  8. calls to
  1. data protection
  2. by $75 billion
  3. #deletefacebook
  4. being exploited
  5. app
  6. done more
  7. of data
  8. affected

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Facebook has apologized for the data breach (1) ___________________ last week. CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out (2) ___________________ in newspapers in the UK and US. He was being criticized for being too slow to (3) ___________________ of the breach. Data on up to 50 million users was used by a (4) ___________________ called Cambridge Analytica (CA). CA is accused of using the data to benefit Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Zuckerberg said: "This was a (5) ___________________, and I am sorry....We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again." The apology (6) ___________________ of CA.

Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook should have done more (7) ___________________ from being exploited. There are reports that Facebook was warned about its (8) ___________________ back in 2011. Mr Zuckerberg outlined the actions Facebook would now take. He said: "We're investigating (9) ___________________ that had access to large amounts of data...We expect there are others. And when we find them, we (10) ___________________ and tell everyone affected." The value of Facebook fell (11) ___________________ this week. Many users have (12) ___________________ Facebook pages, in calls to #deletefacebook.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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KandUS.Hewasbeingcriticizedforbeingtooslowtorespondtonewsofth
ebreach.Dataonupto50millionuserswasusedbyagroupofconsultants
calledCambridgeAnalytica(CA).CAisaccusedofusingthedatatobenefi
tDonaldTrump'spresidentialcampaign.Zuckerbergsaid:"Thiswasabr
eachoftrust,andIamsorry....We'renowtakingstepstomakesurethisd
oesn'thappenagain."TheapologymadenomentionofCA.MrZuckerber
gsaidFacebookshouldhavedonemoretoprotectdatafrombeingexploit
ed.TherearereportsthatFacebookwaswarnedaboutitsweakdataprot
ectionbackin2011.MrZuckerbergoutlinedtheactionsFacebookwould
nowtake.Hesaid:"We'reinvestigatingeverysingleappthathadaccesst
olargeamountsofdata...Weexpectthereareothers.Andwhenwefindth
em,wewillbanthemandtelleveryoneaffected."ThevalueofFacebookf
ellby$75billionthisweek.ManyusershavebeenabandoningtheirFaceb
ookpages,incallsto#deletefacebook.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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