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Facebook is ordered to hand over data about thousands of apps that may have violated user privacy

A Massachusetts judge rejected the tech giant’s earlier attempt to withhold the evidence from state officials investigating its privacy practices.

Massachusetts revealed it was probing Facebook over its data-collection practices in September, an investigation that stemmed from the company’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

Source: Massachusetts court orders Facebook to hand over data on apps that may have violated users’ privacy – The Washington Post

Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million over improper data sharing

Brazil announced that it had fined Facebook $1.6 million over improperly sharing user data with Cambridge Analytica.

In issuing the fine, the Department of Consumer Protection said the data of 443,000 Facebook users was “misused” by developers of the Facebook app “thisisyourdigitallife.”

The agency ruled the data was used “for questionable purposes and without the represented parties being able to demonstrate any modifying fact that that number was actually smaller.”

Source: Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million over improper data sharing | TheHill

Facebook separates security tool from friend suggestions, citing privacy overhaul

Facebook will no longer feed user phone numbers provided to it for two-factor authentication into its “people you may know” feature, as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of its privacy practices, the company told Reuters.

Facebook initiated the updates in connection with its $5 billion settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which required it to boost safeguards on user data to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

Source: Facebook separates security tool from friend suggestions, citing privacy overhaul – Reuters

Massive leak leaves 267 million Facebook users’ data exposed

Security researchers found an online database containing the private information of over 267 million Facebook users exposed on the internet. It contained the Facebook IDs, phone numbers, and real names of the users.

They posit that the origins of the database probably lie in Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam or an illegal data scraping operation.

Source: Massive leak leaves 267 million Facebook users’ data exposed | Android Central

Thief Stole Payroll Data for Thousands of Facebook Employees

Personal banking information for tens of thousands of Facebook Inc. workers in the U.S. was compromised last month when a thief stole several corporate hard drives from an employee’s car.

The hard drives, which were unencrypted, included payroll data like employee names, bank account numbers and the last four digits of employees’ social security numbers, according to an email Facebook shared with staff Friday morning. The drives also included compensation information, including salaries, bonus amounts, and some equity details.

Source: Thief Stole Payroll Data for Thousands of Facebook Employees

Facebook and Barr Escalate Standoff Over Encrypted Messages

With 1.5 billion users, Facebook’s WhatsApp is perhaps the world’s most commonly used encrypted communications platform.

Facebook executives and Attorney General William P. Barr sparred on Monday over whether encrypted messaging products should be open to law enforcement, escalating a standoff over privacy and policing.

In a letter to Mr. Barr, the executives overseeing Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, Will Cathcart and Stan Chudnovsky, wrote that creating a so-called backdoor into their services for law enforcement would make their users less safe.

Source: Facebook and Barr Escalate Standoff Over Encrypted Messages – The New York Times

Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks

Facebook warned European Union regulators on Monday against forcing tech giants to open their vast troves of data to rivals, saying such a move would carry privacy and liability risks.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has voiced concerns that tech industry heavyweights might leverage their power to block rivals and that regulators could have to force them to provide key data to competitors to prevent that.

Source: Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks – Reuters

Facebook Testing a Way to Let You Move Photos to Rival Sites

The company, accused by the E.U. of stifling competition, is trying a tool in Ireland that would allow users to move photos and videos to Google.

Facebook is trying to make it easier for users to move photos from the social network to rival online services, reacting to European privacy laws and criticism from regulators that its size and control over data hinder competition.

Facebook said it would begin testing a “data portability” tool in Ireland that would allow users there to move photos and videos from Facebook to Google Photos. Critics immediately said the initiative did not go far enough.

Source: Facebook Testing a Way to Let You Move Photos to Rival Sites – The New York Times

NSO Employees Take Legal Action Against Facebook for Banning Their Accounts

The lawsuit argues Facebook violated its own terms of service and Israeli privacy law for using the employees’ personal information.

Last month, Facebook itself sued NSO in California for leveraging a vulnerability in the WhatsApp chat program that NSO Group clients used to hack targets. As part of that, Facebook also banned the personal Facebook and Instagram accounts of multiple current and former NSO employees.

Source: NSO Employees Take Legal Action Against Facebook for Banning Their Accounts – VICE

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

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