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Facebook Seeks Dismissal Of Location Privacy Class-Action

Facebook is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming it wrongly collected users’ IP addresses and deduced their approximate locations, even when they attempted to prevent locationtracking.

Facebook counters in its new papers that it has never concealed its IP-address practices. The company also says its alleged practices don’t amount to the kind of “egregious” acts that would potentially violate people’s privacy.

Source: Facebook Seeks Dismissal Of Location Privacy Class-Action 11/19/2019

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Few companies have more riding on proposed privacy legislation than Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. To try to steer the bill their way, the giant advertising technology companies spend millions of dollars to lobby each year, a fact confirmed by government filings.

Not so well-documented is spending to support highly influential think tanks and public interest groups that are helping shape the privacy debate, ostensibly as independent observers.

Source: Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Facebook Earns $132.80 From Your Data per Year

The newly released files indicate that between 2013 and 2015, moves that Facebook touted as protecting consumer privacy—like stopping Six4Three and other companies from accessing the names, photos, and likes of their users’ Facebook friends—were really about safeguarding the economic value of consumers’ data.

Leaked documents reveal that Facebook’s average revenue per user in the United States and Canada totaled $132.80 in the past four quarters—seven times more than the $18.70 average revenue per U.S. and Canadian user in 2013. But more importantly, Facebook executives worried that new social networks and messaging apps could get started using Facebook’s data as a jumping-off point.

 

Source: Facebook’s Six4Three Pikinis lawsuit emails explain why your data is so valuable.

EU could introduce political ad rules for Facebook and Twitter

Vera Jourova, EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, said in a CNBC interview lawmakers in Brussels will introduce rules for more transparency in political campaigning. Companies including Facebook and Twitter will have to obey them.

Legislation around political ads would bolster the EU’s efforts to take a leading role regulating the world’s biggest technology companies on issues ranging from disinformation to competition and data privacy.

Source: EU could introduce political ad rules for Facebook and Twitter

Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

A cache of leaked Facebook documents of approximately 7,000 pages shows how the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip.

Taken together, they show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook users’ data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over the companies it partnered with. In some cases, Facebook would reward partners by giving them preferential access to certain types of user data while denying the same access to rival companies.

Source: Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

Facebook accepts Cambridge Analytica fine

Facebook has said it will pay the £500,000 financial penalty that the social network was issued by the UK’s data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The fine came as a result of Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, news of which first broke in March 2018.

Source: #Privacy: Facebook accepts ICO Cambridge Analytica fine

Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition

Facebook AI Research says it’s created the first machine learning system that can stop a facial recognition network from identifying people in videos.

In initial tests, the method was able to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition systems. The AI for automatic video modification doesn’t need to be retrained to be applied to each video. It maps a slightly distorted version on a person’s face in order to make it difficult for facial recognition technology to identify a person.

Source: Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition | VentureBeat

Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling

Facebook’s most recent attempt to extricate itself from a potentially landmark lawsuit has come to a dead end, as a federal court declined to hear another appeal to stop the $35 billion class action.

In San Francisco last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied Facebook’s petition for an en banc hearing in the case. Usually, appeals cases are heard by a panel of three judges out of all the judges who work in a given circuit. An en banc hearing is a kind of appeal in which a much larger group of judges hears a case. In the 9th Circuit, 11 of the 29 judges sit on en banc cases.

Source: Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling | Ars Technica

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature

Facebook has introduced a new privacy feature called the “Off-Facebook Activity” intended to provide you with a tool to control your Off-Facebook activity tracking.

The new privacy feature will allow you to view the websites and apps that send your data about your online activity to Facebook. It will allow you to monitor your off-Facebook tracking activities through enabling you to see the specific businesses and what data they can access about you. It will also let you clear your online activity history. Facebook intends to roll out this feature in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain first and later to every Facebook user.

Full article: Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature: What’s New and Why Should You Care?

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