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How firms you have never interacted with can target your Facebook

Advertisers are seemingly able to access accounts with no input from the user.

On one of Facebook’s myriad setting screens, a place where few dare tread, is a list of places you’ve probably never heard of, all of whom insist that they know you. It’s emblematic of the data protection issues Facebook is struggling to address in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, of the fact that these problems spread far beyond Facebook, and of the easy solutions the company could take if only it had the courage.

Source: How firms you have never interacted with can target your Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes

Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. There are a ton of small changes, so we’ll lay out each with our criticisms.

Facebook’s consent flow starts well enough with the screen above offering a solid overview of why it’s making changes for GDPR and what you’ll be reviewing. But with just an “X” up top to back out, it’s already training users to speed through by hitting that big blue button at the bottom.

Source: A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes | TechCrunch

Facebook’s Blow To Third-Party Data Makes First-Party Data Even More Crucial

Facebook’s move to shut down its Partner Categories program helps it look good in the court of public opinion, shores up some loose ends with respect to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and possibly drives more profitability for the business as it removes partners that were sharing in the ad buy dollars.

Will the sunsetting of the Partner Categories program be a game-changer for companies that have long relied on a combination of first-party and third-party data to make their advertising more effective?

Source: Facebook’s Blow To Third-Party Data Makes First-Party Data Even More Crucial | AdExchanger

Facebook enlists conservative help to resist privacy rules

An email seeking U.S. groups’ assistance against EU-style regulations came as Mark Zuckerberg was preparing to testify to Congress.

Facebook asked conservative groups for help last week in heading off The company’s outreach comes as the European Union is preparing to enforce strict new privacy rules that take effect in late May. Among other things, the EU’s rules allow regulators to impose fines as high as 4 percent of a company’s global revenues for serious violations.

Source: Facebook enlists conservative help to resist privacy rules – POLITICO

Denmark considers ‘data ethics council’ in wake of Facebook scandal

Minister for employment Troels Lund Poulsen has backed suggestions that an ethics council for the use of data could be established by the Danish state.

The idea has been raised by environmentalist party Alternative, which has proposed that areas such as privacy, data protection, artificial intelligence and data laws could come under the remit of the ethics council.

A similar ethics body, the Danish Council of Ethics (Det Etiske Råd), already exists for healthcare matters.

Source: Denmark considers ‘data ethics council’ in wake of Facebook scandal – The Local

We’re in the Uncanny Valley of Targeted Advertising

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, thinks people want targeted advertising. The “overwhelming feedback,” he said multiple times during his congressional testimony, was that people want to see “good and relevant” ads.

Why then are so many Facebook users, including leaders of state in the U.S. Senate and House , so fed up and creeped out by the uncannily on-the-nose ads?

Source: We’re in the Uncanny Valley of Targeted Advertising

Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR

The company says that despite the timing of the move, all users will have the same data privacy protections.

Facebook will change the way it administers its terms of service (TOS) for 1.5 million users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, the company confirmed today. Though users in those territories previously agreed to TOS dictated by the company’s corporate entity in the EU nation of Ireland, now they must legally agree to be bound by the US-based corporation’s terms.

Source: Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR – MarTech Today

No boundaries for Facebook data: third-party trackers abuse Facebook Login

So far in the No boundaries series, we’ve uncovered how web trackers exfiltrate identifying information from web pages, browser password managers, and form inputs .

Today we report yet another type of surreptitious data collection by third-party scripts that we discovered: the exfiltration of personal identifiers from websites through “login with Facebook” and other such social login APIs.

Source: No boundaries for Facebook data: third-party trackers abuse Facebook Login

The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything at All

For years, Facebook has left a privacy setting on its site that addresses a problem that no longer exists.

But the fact that Facebook never bothered to update that critical corner of its privacy settings, years after those changes went into effect, is downright baffling—and speaks to a general a lack of seriousness in the company’s attitude toward data transparency.

Source: The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything at All | WIRED

A Short History of Mark Zuckerberg’s Privacy Gaffes at Facebook

Facebook has been updating its privacy settings for more than a decade. Will this time be different?

Maybe these tools will put users in control of our personal information once and for all, and as a result, we will trust Facebook to protect our data better in the future. But if history is any guide, we’ll see this episode again, judging by this not-at-all exhaustive list of the times Zuckerberg has apologized for giving you privacy jitters, and assured you it would all be absolutely fine, eventually.

Source: A Short History of Mark Zuckerberg’s Privacy Gaffes at Facebook | WIRED

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