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How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Facebook set up a website that its 2 billion global users can use to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen. It will also provide guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails or texts. Facebook will also send messages directly to those people affected by the hack.

On that page, following some preliminary information about the investigation, the question “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” appears midway down. It will also provide information specific to your account if you’re logged into Facebook.

Source: How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Walmart Sued for Alleged Sharing of Video Purchase Data With Facebook

Walmart Inc. allegedly shared information on customers’ DVD and video game purchases with a third party without their consent, in violation of a federal video privacy law, two customers alleged in a lawsuit against the retail giant.

The plaintiffs alleged that Walmart installed Facebook Pixel, an advertising analytics tool, on Walmart.com. The tool “systematically” disclosed customers’ Facebook identities and information about specific products customers purchased when they bought DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, video games, and other videos, the plaintiffs alleged.

Source: Walmart Sued; Allegedly Shared Video Purchase Data With Facebook | Bloomberg Law

Data breaches compromised 4.5 billion records in first half of 2018

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index , a global database of public data breaches, revealing 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018. A total of six social media breaches, including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook incident, accounted for over 56% of total records compromised.

Source: Data breaches compromised 4.5 billion records in first half of 2018

Facebook Supreme Court appeal to be heard in December

Facebook has got a provisional date of December 19th for its unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels.

The issues to be decided by the Supreme Court include whether there is any entitlement in the first place to appeal such a reference to the CJEU.

The High Court’s Ms Justice Caroline Costello previously ruled there was no such entitlement and she had made the referral before the Supreme Court agreed in July last to hear Facebook’s appeal.

Source: Facebook Supreme Court appeal to be heard in December

MEPs demand a full Facebook audit by EU bodies

EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs on Wednesday.

MEPs take note of the privacy improvements undertaken by Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but recall that the company has yet not carried out the promised full internal audit. They recommend that the company makes “substantial modifications to its platform” to comply with EU data protection law.

Source: Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection | News | European Parliament

Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook data breach

Ireland’s data protection authority is expected to launch a formal investigation into the Facebook data breach affecting 90 million people worldwide, the first major test of Europe’s new data protection rules, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The inquiry marks the latest setback for the social networking giant, which has been plagued by scandal over the last two years ranging from the use of its platform by Russian-backed actors during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 to the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

While Facebook is unlikely to maximum sanctions — that is 4% of a company’s global revenues, the company could face a fine of up to €1.4 billion — potentially the largest ever privacy fine worldwide — if it is found to have broken Europe’s data protection rules.

Source: Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook data breach – POLITICO

Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk

Ten years ago, the social network introduced a password system that connected it to a broad swath of the internet. Now we are seeing the downside. The hack and its fallout underscore the lengths to which Facebook has cemented itself as the identity of the internet, and what happens when the security systems of one company — trusted by so many — fail.

Full article: Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk – The New York Times

Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill

Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The bill gives law enforcement new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications.

Source: Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill | Technology | The Guardian

The Facebook hack could be Europe’s first big online privacy battle

In a massive breach more than 50 million Facebook accounts has been compromised using a series of unpublished vulnerabilities to hijack session keys on an unprecedented scale. The new breach is a real contrast with previous GDPR fights, which have largely had to do with policy decisions and terms of service. It is not a clash about wording of privacy policies or providing advertisers with access to data but rather liability of service provider to ensure security of it’s service.

Source: The Facebook hack could be Europe’s first big online privacy battle – The Verge

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