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Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help develop the algorithms needed to target them with political messaging.

Sharing examples of the anonymized data for the first time, originally collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie said people who displayed an interest in Abercrombie & Fitch tended on average to be less cautious and more liberal, and individuals who liked Wrangler were usually more conservative and more keen on “orderliness.”

Full article: Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler – Bloomberg

Facebook’s Failure to End ‘Public by Default’

With one simple change, Facebook could pass an important privacy test. Right now, users have little choice in the public exposure of their profile pictures. Every single one of them is set to “public” by default. Even if you try to limit your current profile picture visibility using Facebook’s privacy settings for the individual photo, it will still be public.

If you don’t want your profile picture to be public, the only winning move is to delete your account. That’s increasingly difficult to do these days, because not having a social media presence can limit your personal and professional opportunities and even raise the suspicion of authorities.

Full article: Facebook’s Failure to End ‘Public by Default’ – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers

British parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions.

The seizure is the latest move in a bitter battle between the British parliament and the social media giant. The struggle to hold Facebook to account has raised concerns about limits of British authority over international companies that now play a key role in the democratic process.

Full article: Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook May Face 100M Euro Lawsuit Over Privacy Breach

A French nongovernmental organization wants Facebook Inc. to pay 100 million euros ($113 million) and fix any problems stemming from recent data security incidents and privacy breaches.

The Internet Society of France says Facebook collected data on nonusers without getting their consent, and illegally limited its responsibilities with respects to personal information. The NGO also claimed that Facebook unduly collected the political opinions, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation of its users in violation of EU privacy laws.

The Internet Society is seeking 100 million in euros from Facebook if they can get 100,000 EU data subject to join the complaint. The organization said Facebook has four months to respond before it files its action in the Court of First Instance of Paris.

Source: Facebook May Face 100M Euro Lawsuit Over Privacy Breach

Another Facebook vulnerability could have exposed user information

The security company Imperva has released new details on a Facebook vulnerability that could have exposed user data. The bug allowed websites to obtain private information about Facebook users and their friends through unauthorized access to a company API, playing off a specific behavior in the Chrome browser. The bug was disclosed to Facebook and resolved in May.

Source: Another Facebook vulnerability could have exposed information about users and their friends – The Verge

Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes

Facebook and the French government are going to cooperate to look at Facebook’s efforts when it comes to moderation. At the start of 2019, French regulators will launch an informal investigation on algorithm-powered and human moderation. Facebook is willing to cooperate and give unprecedented access to its internal processes.

Full article: Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data

Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.

Facebook’s loose oversight of the partnerships was detected by the company’s government-approved privacy monitor in 2013. But it was never revealed to Facebook users, most of whom had not explicitly given the company permission to share their information.

Full article: Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data – The New York Times

Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

Privacy concerns rise as Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch

Facebook Dating, which was previously piloted in Colombia, operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook Dating’s Canadian roll-out comes as the technology giant is embroiled in privacy concerns following a series of data breaches.

Some experts said the dating offering will raise privacy concerns of its own and is unlikely to assuage worries about the platform – even if Zuckerberg previously claimed “we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.”

Full article: Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch, but privacy concerns abound | CTV News

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