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Facebook faces multibillion FTC fine over Cambridge Analytica privacy breach

The fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal could be about to cost Facebook dear, with reports the social network is in the process of negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy lapses.

Full article: Facebook faces multibillion FTC fine over Cambridge Analytica privacy breach | The Drum

Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of users it deems a threat

Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of its users when the company’s security team finds that they are making credible threats on its social network.

The company actively monitors its platform for threatening comments. Once Facebook determines that a threat from a user is credible, the company uses data from its products to track that person’s location. However, it’s unclear what a ‘credible’ threat actually looks like.

Source: Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of users it deems a threat – The Verge

Facebook to appeal German data decision

Facebook has said it will appeal a decision by Germany’s main competition authority that serves to restrict its collection and aggregation of personal data.

Facebook said the German regulator had confused the company’s “popularity” with the concept of being ‘dominant’ in the market for the purposes of competition law.

Source: Facebook to appeal German data decision

German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook “was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power,” says Andreas Mundt of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

Germany’s antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with “far-reaching restrictions” on the social media network’s practice of merging its users’ data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

Source: German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram, WhatsApp : NPR

Securities Fraud Claims Get Boost From EU Data Privacy Rules

Investors have filed 14 class actions since January 2018 against companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., alleging that bad publicity around data breaches or security flaws, or changes in the data privacy landscape, caused their stock prices to drop, Bloomberg Law data show. Eleven of the lawsuits were filed after the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect last May.

Source: Securities Fraud Claims Get Boost From EU Data Privacy Rules

Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes from Irish Watchdog

Facebook Inc. faces seven separate data-protection probes in Ireland as the country’s privacy regulator looks to take advantage of new rules that allow it to impose hefty fines.

The investigations are among 16 cases targeting big technology companies including Twitter Inc., Apple Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram.

Source: Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes as Irish Watchdog Gets Tough – Bloomberg

Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. In response, Apple has revoked Facebook’s ability to publish certain apps, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for both companies.

Facebook has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy regulations to publish the iPhone app, which provided it with data it used to keep ahead of youth trends.

Source: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Source: EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

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