Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show

Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show

Facebook said the scraping of public profiles is distinct from the data Cambridge Analytica reportedly used from users' friends who did not consent to sharing their data.Still, the documents show that Facebook was aware of potential policy violations by Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015.

Facebook, Google, and Oracle cloud are tracking the porn you watch in private

Facebook, Google, and Oracle cloud are tracking the porn you watch in private

“The sites Jack visits, as well as any third-parties trackers, may observe and record his online action,” the study reads.“These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he visits.

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

After a long delay, Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow people to see what kind of information it has collected about their online activity beyond its borders — from the news they read to the shopping websites they visit to the porn they watch — along with an option to dissociate that data from their accounts.

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

(Bloomberg) -- Antitrust officials are right to look back at Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram to determine whether the deal harmed competition, Colorado’s attorney general said, adding to calls for renewed scrutiny of the takeover of the photo-sharing site.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

It's been well over a year since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users to target advertising for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and because it is an early example of a giant tech company being involved in getting hold of data directly from people’s minds.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

As per the new proposal, the FBI is asking third-party vendors to provide monitoring services, which might bring up possible conflicts with Facebook and other social media companies over privacy policies.

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

“In their evidence, Facebook representatives truthfully answered questions about when the company first learned of Aleksandr Kogan/GSR’s improper transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica, which was in December 2015 through The Guardian’s reporting.

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the violation of the privacy law was sufficient for Facebook users to sue the company.Six Flags, where the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided that consumers can sue companies that violate the state's biometric privacy law.

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Earlier this month, Facebook got fined with 5 billion dollars.“The Great Hack” unfolds the true story of the data and privacy scandal in a narrative that is thrilling, but foremost frightening.Will they actually listen when, as mentioned in the documentary, data has surpassed oil in value?

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Hyp3r, an apparently trusted marketing partner of and Instagram, has been secretly collecting and storing location and other data on millions of users, against the policies of the social networks, Business Insider reported today.

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

Check Point Research says that it found three different ways to exploit the vulnerability, including the ability to put words in your mouth.

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Just a few days later and Facebook has announced that is has filed its first lawsuit against two Asian developers for "click injection fraud—where developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware [which] created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on the users’ phones, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.".

Apple plans to restrict how messaging apps access background iOS data

Apple plans to restrict how messaging apps access background iOS data

Apple plans to restrict how apps implement internet voice call functionality, which currently could allow mobile software to collect data while running in the background, according to a new report from The Information.

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

VoIP services ostensibly stay running in the background so they can connect calls quickly, but they also lets those apps collect information about what users are doing on their devices.

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

The proposed law basically seeks to deter anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior by charging great gobs of money against the companies that get caught doing it.And in that same week, Facebook said it was the target of an FTC antitrust investigation, separate from the FTC's probes into its privacy practices.

Harpooned by Facebook

Harpooned by Facebook

As smart devices become an ever-larger part of our lives, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits.Next, Nathan looks at how online gaming companies and Facebook are using big data to profit from people vulnerable to gambling addiction.

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

Europe’s top court ruled Monday (30 July) that companies that embed Facebook’s “Like” button on their websites must seek users’ consent to transfer their personal data to the US social network, in line with the bloc’s data privacy laws.

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is facing new questions over its handling of the Cambridge Analytica debacle even after a record settlement with the FTC ended a year-long investigation by regulators into the matter.

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook revealed its plans to transfer content moderation from human-staffed data centres to on-device, AI-powered systems in a presentation at the firm's F8 annual developer conference on May 1, 2019.The proposed concept would appear to see content moderation executed on user messages directly within WhatsApp, prior to their encryption — with the filtering algorithms themselves being regularly updated from a central source.

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

The company's acquisition practices are the main focus of the probe, as the FTC looks into Facebook buying technology-based startups to keep them from challenging it, the report said.

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

The researchers had to collect this data by scraping Facebook's Ad Library API, a tool Facebook released after Mozilla called on the company to make its political advertisements more transparent ahead of the May 2019 EU elections.

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Facebook will do the same thing with its new currency, Libra , scanning transactions through the Calibra wallet. According to a Forbes report, Facebook is experimenting with a blacklist filter and content-scanner for WhatsApp. The algorithm would read messages before they are sent and detect suspicious activity.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

“Neuroethical design is one of our program’s key pillars — we want to be transparent about what we’re working on so that people can tell us their concerns about this technology,” Mark Chevillet, director of the brain-computer interface (BCI) research program at Facebook Reality Labs says.

Facebook, Google, and Oracle cloud are tracking the porn you’re watching

Facebook, Google, and Oracle cloud are tracking the porn you’re watching

Facebook, Google and Oracle cloud are secretly monitoring and tracking the porn you feel you’re watching in private, new joint study funded by Microsoft shows.

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