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Facebook Testing Implications of Privacy-Invading Tech By Invading People’s Privacy

Project Aria will send scores of Facebook workers into the world to record everything around them.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new project: the company would send out a hundred employees and contractors equipped with glasses that would record every piece of audio, visual, and spatial information possible in public and private spaces.

During its Facebook Connect livestream, the company dubbed this effort part of “Project Aria,” a new attempt to research augmented reality and help Facebook understand potential ethical or privacy-related problems with AR and AR glasses. It will also have the incidental benefit of freely extracting and analyzing staggering amounts of data to ostensibly train algorithms powering this future project.

Source: Facebook Testing Implications of Privacy-Invading Tech By Invading People’s Privacy

Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access

On Thursday in the Northern District of California, Brittany Conditi filed a class-action complaint against Instagram and its parent company Facebook for invasion of privacy alleging that Instagram accessed users’ smartphone cameras when not using features that would require camera access, despite the defendants’ representations to the contrary.

According to the complaint, Instagram “has access to a user’s smartphone camera for the limited purpose of allowing users to directly take a photograph or video and then post that content to its platform.” Furthermore, Instagram “claims to only access users’ smartphone cameras with user permission, such as when a user is interacting with the Instagram application’s…camera feature.” According to the complaint, Instagram stated it does not access a user’s camera when the camera feature is not in use. However, the plaintiff proffered that Instagram “does more than it claims.”

Source: Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access – Tech

Facebook denies it will pull service in Europe over data transfer ban

Facebook’s head of global policy has denied the tech giant could close its service to Europeans if local regulators order it to suspend data transfers to the U.S. following a landmark Court of Justice ruling in July that has cemented the schism between U.S. surveillance laws and EU privacy rights.

However, he also warned of “profound effects” on scores of digital businesses if a way is not found by lawmakers on both sides of the pond to resolve the legal uncertainty around U.S. data transfers — making a pitch to politicians to come up with a new legal “sticking plaster” for EU-U.S. data transfers now that a flagship arrangement, called Privacy Shield, is dead.

Source: Facebook denies it will pull service in Europe over data transfer ban | TechCrunch

Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations

Facebook has hit back at a proposed new regulation which would limit the sharing of European user data with the US-based company.

Earlier this month, the European Union privacy regulator sent a preliminary order to Facebook which called for it to suspend data transfers about its EU users back to the US. That would essentially force Facebook to keep EU user data in Europe, and implement new restrictions on data-sharing between nations.

And now Facebook has issued an official response, saying that, if such rules are implemented, it may be forced to stop operating both Facebook and Instagram in Europe entirely.

Source: Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations | Social Media Today

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Tech giant fails to convince court it doesn’t carry out business in Australia as privacy regulator accuses Facebook of breaches.

The Australian privacy regulator’s case accuses Facebook of serious and repeated breaches of privacy law, saying its actions left the data of about 311,127 Australian Facebook users exposed to being sold and “used for purposes including political profiling, well outside users’ expectations”.

Source: Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union.

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users. The order is the first attempt by an EU regulator to enforce a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which invalidated Privacy Shield, a data-sharing protocol that allowed American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US for processing.

Source: Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers – The Verge

Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling

Ireland’s data protection watchdog, the DPC, has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend data transfers from the EU to the US.

The preliminary suspension order follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer which both struck down a flagship data transfer arrangement between the EU and the US and cast doubt on the legality of an alternative transfer mechanism (aka SCCs) — certainly in cases where data is flowing to a non-EU entity that falls under US surveillance law.

Source: Facebook told it may have to suspend EU data transfers after Schrems II ruling | TechCrunch

Facebook open-sources differential privacy tool

Facebook’s Opacus is a library for training PyTorch models with differential privacy that’s ostensibly more scalable than existing state-of-the-art methods.

With the release of Opacus, Facebook says it hopes to provide an easier path for engineers to adopt differential privacy in AI and to accelerate in-the-field differential privacy research.

Typically, differential privacy entails injecting a small amount of noise into the raw data before feeding it into a local machine learning model, thus making it difficult for malicious actors to extract the original files from the trained model.

Source: Facebook open-sources Opacus, a PyTorch library for differential privacy | VentureBeat

Facebook tests linking your FB account to your news subscriptions

Facebook is testing a new feature that could help news publishers create a better experience for paying subscribers on the social network.

The idea is that when Facebook identifies a subscriber from one of its publisher partners, that subscriber will be invited to link their news account to their Facebook account. Once they’re linked, if they encounter a paywalled article on Facebook, they’ll be able to read it without hitting the paywall or having to log in again.

Source: Facebook tests linking your FB account to your news subscriptions | TechCrunch

Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies

Facebook warned that privacy changes coming from Apple could hurt smaller developers such as gaming companies disproportionately but will likely leave its own apps mostly unscathed.

Facebook said it was making a change to its own apps – which in addition to its flagship app also include WhatsApp and Instagram – that would likely spare them from having to ask iPhone users for data-tracking permissions that many advertising industry insiders believe users will refuse.

Source: Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies – Reuters

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