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?
Media captionHow the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The FTC began investigating Facebook in March 2018, following reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of tens of millions of its users.
The Great Hack covers one of 2018’s biggest tech controversies: the revelation that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica secretly collected 87 million Facebook users’ data. The film is more interested in Cambridge Analytica than data policy Brittany Kaiser’s story is by far the most interesting part of The Great Hack.
Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel.
According to a new report, Chrome will be rolling out tools which allow users to block all tracking cookies. However, there's a catch — these soon-to-be-released tools will not allow users to block tracking cookies from Google.
Canada's federal privacy watchdog plans to take Facebook to court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting Canadians' personal information.
Though At The Pool shut down in 2014, UpGuard wrote that, “this should offer little consolation to the app’s end users whose names, passwords, email addresses, Facebook IDs and other details were openly exposed for an unknown period of time.”.
When in 2011, for example, the Guardian printed shocking revelations of tabloid phone-hacking and, particularly, the news that reporters had hacked the mobile phone of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, many observers concluded that this indicated a crisis for the British newspaper industry. Social media platforms will only change their behaviour when compelled to do so by legislation.
"Facebook offers analytics and advertising services to app developers, which help them receive aggregated information about how people engage with their apps -- this is a common practice for many companies," Facebook told Privacy International.
A New York Times investigation has found that Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) the ability to read, write and delete users’ private messages.
The new feature would use your previous locations -- plus previously logged locations of other Facebook users, even people who aren't your Facebook friends -- to make predictions about where you're likely to go.
According to an announcement by acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, Verizon's Oath operations (the mash up of its Yahoo and AOL acquisitions) routinely auctioned off ad space and placed ads on websites the company knew targeted kids -- without parental consent.
"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," said Cook. Cook praised Europe's "successful implementation" of privacy law GDPR, and said that "It is time for the rest of the world ...
Less than a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal launched a privacy reckoning, Facebook is back in the news over yet another data breach, this one a security breach affecting almost 50 million accounts, leaving many wondering, again, how safe their personal info really is.
Apple CEO Tim Cook hit out at tech companies that claim more customer data leads to superior products, saying that's a "bunch of bunk." Facebook and Google, meanwhile, have come under fire over their treatment of customer data and the knock on effects for democratic society.
And Brave, in conjunction with the Open Rights Group and University College London researcher Michael Veale, filed complaints in Europe saying Google violates the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads.
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Facebook users ages 18 and older have adjusted their privacy settings in the wake of revelations that Facebook repeatedly failed to protect consumer data as it was shared and abused by a myriad of Facebook partners, including political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.