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What the outcome of the upcoming ruling in Facebook Ireland vs Schrems can mean for you

On the 16th of July, one of the most anticipated cases in data protection, case C-311/18 — Facebook Ireland versus Schrems — will be delivered by the EU Court of Justice.

The verdict in the groundbreaking “Schrems 2.0” case will dictate whether the widely used Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and the EU/USA Privacy Shield will remain a valid means of transferring personal data to countries outside the EEA under the EU’s GDPR.

Full article: What the outcome of the upcoming ruling in Facebook Ireland vs Schrems can mean for your organisation and how to prepare for the 16th of July

Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data

Social media network Facebook has filed two lawsuits this week against the operators of two websites that abused its platforms to sell Instagram likes and harvest passwords and information on Facebook users, respectively.

The lawsuits are just the latest in a long series of litigations the company has filed over the past one year and a half.

Source: Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data | ZDNet

Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date

A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn’t use an app for 90 days. Facebook said 5,000 apps continued to receive user data regardless.

The incident is related to a security control that Facebook added to its systems following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of early 2018.

Source: Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date | ZDNet

Court approves Facebook’s $5 Billion Privacy Settlement

A judge approved Facebook Inc.’s $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations, the agency says—overruling objections that the deal didn’t adequately punish the company.

Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia greenlighted the deal reached last summer, which included the $5 billion fine, restrictions on some aspects of Facebook’s business decisions, and ongoing oversight of the social media giant.

Source: Facebook’s $5 Billion Privacy Settlement Wins Court Approval – WSJ

267 Million Facebook Identities on sale for 500 Euros

One of the threat actors have dropped an online bomb by dropping the identities of 267 Million Facebook Users for 500 Euros — the details include their EMAIL, FNAME, LNAME, PHONE, FACEBOOK ID, LAST CONNECTION, STATUS, AGE.

Researchers are not aware of how the data got leaked at the first instance, it might be due to a leakage in third-party API or scrapping. Given the data contain sensitive details on the users, it might be used by cybercriminals for phishing and spamming.

Source: 267 Million Facebook Identities for 500 Euros – Cyble – Medium

Facebook releases county-by-county maps showing people reporting COVID-19 symptoms

Facebook released its first county-by-county maps of the U.S. on Monday showing the prevalence of self-reported COVID-19 symptoms based on data it has collected.

The maps, which will be updated daily, are meant to help health officials allocate resources and decide where parts of society can be reopened. They use information from a voluntary survey Facebook has been prompting users to take.

Source: Facebook releases county-by-county maps showing people reporting COVID-19 symptoms

Facebook, LinkedIn Sued For ‘Eavesdropping’ On Zoom Users

Facebook and LinkedIn have been secretly harvesting personal information from Zoom users to boost their revenues, according to a putative class action filed in California federal court Monday that targets both the social media sites and the newly ubiquitous video conferencing platform.

The newly filed lawsuit echoes many of these allegations against Zoom, while also drawing in social media giants Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp., which plaintiff Todd Hurvitz claims “eavesdropped” on what Zoom users thought were private communications between them and the company’s servers in order to scoop up valuable personal information.

Source: Facebook, LinkedIn Sued For ‘Eavesdropping’ On Zoom Users – Law360

Australian Watchdog launches action against Facebook

The Australian Information Commissioner has lodged proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law.

The Commissioner alleges that the personal information of Australian Facebook users was disclosed to the This is Your Digital Life app for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was collected, in breach of the Privacy Act 1988.

Source: Commissioner launches Federal Court action against Facebook — OAIC

What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

In January, plaintiffs and Facebook reached the largest privacy settlement in U.S. history. Facebook agreed to settle for $550 million for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

This settlement will have far-reaching implications for all businesses using biometric identification techniques, such as facial recognition. California, Texas, Arkansas, New York and Washington all have some form of state law that regulates biometric privacy, and more states are working on legislation.

Full article: What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns

Big tech’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has intervened to flag transparency concerns about a Facebook election reminder feature — asking the tech giant to provide it with information about what data it collects from users who interact with the notification and how their personal data is used, including whether it’s used for targeting them with ads.

Facebook’s Election Day Reminder (EDR) feature is a notification the platform can display to users on the day of an election — ostensibly to encourage voter participation. However, as ever with the data-driven ad business, there’s a whole wrapper of associated questions about what information Facebook’s platform might be harvesting when it chooses to deploy the nudge — and how the (ad) business is making use of the data.

Source: Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns | TechCrunch

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