Federal Facebook investigation could hold Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say

Federal Facebook investigation could hold Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say

Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users' personal information have set their sights on the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new, heightened oversight of his leadership.

Facebook waited until the Mueller report dropped to tell us millions of Instagram passwords were exposed

Facebook waited until the Mueller report dropped to tell us millions of Instagram passwords were exposed

While just about every reporter was poring over the document, Facebook updated a blog post from March indicating that passwords had been exposed, stored as readable text (as opposed to securely encrypted), for hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users.

Facebook fights to “shield Zuckerberg” from punishment in US privacy probe

Facebook fights to “shield Zuckerberg” from punishment in US privacy probe

with 35 posters participating Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News.

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

A federal investigation into Facebook could find Mark Zuckerberg directly responsible for any privacy failings on the social network, according to a new report in the Washington Post.

Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

At 10 am ET on Thursday, as the attorney general, William Barr, wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a 21 March blogpost, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected.

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

In an update to its original blog post, Facebook now says that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012.

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

A Facebook spokesperson said before May 2016, it offered an option to verify a user's account using their email password and voluntarily upload their contacts at the same time. Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days and delete their contacts from the company's systems.

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

"Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time," a Facebook spokesperson said an a statement to Mashable.

CoinFi News - Facebook senior executives used user data against competition and to help friends

CoinFi News - Facebook senior executives used user data against competition and to help friends

Facebook’s senior executives have been considering selling user data for years, according to leaked internal Facebook documents accessed by NBC News. NBC News claims these contain information that could be used as leverage over companies it partnered with—data about friends, relationships and photos.

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

The change to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) – in Senate Bill 753 – will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and effectively adds Google and Facebook's entire business models to an exemption list, meaning consumers would not be able to sue tech giants for misusing their personal data.

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

American standards on data collection could shape political and business decisions across the world, said Jeff Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy think tank that opposes overturning of state-level privacy laws.

Senate Bill Bans ‘Dark Patterns’ Trickery in Social Media Data Collection

Senate Bill Bans ‘Dark Patterns’ Trickery in Social Media Data Collection

Some of the most nefarious strategies rely on ‘dark patterns’ — deceptive interfaces and default settings, drawing on tricks of behavioral psychology, designed to undermine user autonomy and push consumers into doing things they wouldn’t otherwise do, like hand over all of their personal data to be exploited for commercial purposes,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a former technology executive who is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

And so simultaneously the company mounted a huge effort, led by CTO Mike Schroepfer, to create artificial intelligence systems that can, at scale, identify the content that Facebook wants to zap from its platform, including spam, nudes, hate speech, ISIS propaganda, and videos of children being put in washing machines.

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook’s trove of user data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over companies it partnered with.

CoinFi News - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Faces Shareholders’ Backlash, Asked to Step Down

CoinFi News - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Faces Shareholders’ Backlash, Asked to Step Down

Trillium Asset Management says:“We believe this lack of independent board Chair and oversight has contributed to Facebook missing, or mishandling, a number of severe controversies, increasing risk exposure and costs to shareholders”.The shareholders also explain how Zuckerberg controls 60% of Facebook’s voting shares thereby weakening the company’s governance.

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Despite Facebook’s repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use “authentic identities” on the social media platform, cops continue to create fake and impersonator accounts to secretly spy on users.

Facebook’s latest mishap involves bizarre messages printed on Oculus controllers

Facebook’s latest mishap involves bizarre messages printed on Oculus controllers

Oculus cofounder Nate Mitchell, whose company is of course owned by Facebook, acknowledged on Twitter Friday that weird secret messages were “accidentally” hidden in “tens of thousands” of the virtual reality controllers.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

More specifically, Zuckerberg is calling for new regulations in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Although it is good to know who pays for what ads, and who sees them, the real problem lies at the point where Facebook helps advertisers to send micro-targeted political ads to people.

Austria mulls user registration for online platforms

Austria mulls user registration for online platforms

Austria said Wednesday it was considering a law to make it mandatory for big internet platforms to register their users and deprive those behind hate posts of anonymity.

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

The statement, which today reads like a quaint artifact of a simpler time, would become the company’s first privacy policy — a gently lawyered explanation of how the company collects and distributes its users’ data and information.

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Deactivating isn't as extreme, the company says, and the social network continues collecting your data in case you change your mind and want to return to your profile.

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

And this is likely how a Maserati dealership in Scottsdale ended up on my advertisers “who use a contact list” page — its agency works with a data broker who has uploaded a massive contact list.

An Amazon employee might have listened to your Alexa recording

An Amazon employee might have listened to your Alexa recording

A spokesperson defended the company's practices, however, telling Bloomberg that the e-commerce giant only listens to "an extremely small sample" and that its employees do not have access to identifying information:. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order [to] improve the customer experience.

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.

Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018

Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018

The share of U.S. adults who say they use certain online platforms or apps is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake news and censorship on social media, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2019.

Facebook ammette la gratuità in cambio dei dati degli utenti, ma traccia ancora quelli disattivati e punta all’Africa

Facebook ammette la gratuità in cambio dei dati degli utenti, ma traccia ancora quelli disattivati e punta all’Africa

Alla Commissione Europea , però, tutto ciò non bastava e, così, ha ottenuto da Facebook la revisione delle condizioni e dei termini di utilizzo del servizio (che in futuro potranno essere ri-variate unilateralmente solo nel caso tengano conto degli interessi del consumatore) secondo criteri di maggiore chiarezza : d’ora innanzi, infatti, gli utenti sapranno che Facebook è gratuita in cambio del loro consenso nel cedere le informazioni personali a scopo profilazione.

Jumbo is a powerful privacy assistant for iOS that cleans up your social profiles

Jumbo is a powerful privacy assistant for iOS that cleans up your social profiles

Valade and his six-person team based in New York began developing an app they hope will come to feel like your digital lawyer, a “data fiduciary” that manages privacy settings on your behalf.

If You Write a Political Post on Facebook, They Might Send a Representative to Your Home to Verify

If You Write a Political Post on Facebook, They Might Send a Representative to Your Home to Verify

Facebook, facing the election heat in India and unable to stop misinformation and fake news circulating on its platforms, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to verify if the post with political content was actually written by them.

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