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Australian Watchdog launches action against Facebook

The Australian Information Commissioner has lodged proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law.

The Commissioner alleges that the personal information of Australian Facebook users was disclosed to the This is Your Digital Life app for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was collected, in breach of the Privacy Act 1988.

Source: Commissioner launches Federal Court action against Facebook — OAIC

What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

In January, plaintiffs and Facebook reached the largest privacy settlement in U.S. history. Facebook agreed to settle for $550 million for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

This settlement will have far-reaching implications for all businesses using biometric identification techniques, such as facial recognition. California, Texas, Arkansas, New York and Washington all have some form of state law that regulates biometric privacy, and more states are working on legislation.

Full article: What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns

Big tech’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has intervened to flag transparency concerns about a Facebook election reminder feature — asking the tech giant to provide it with information about what data it collects from users who interact with the notification and how their personal data is used, including whether it’s used for targeting them with ads.

Facebook’s Election Day Reminder (EDR) feature is a notification the platform can display to users on the day of an election — ostensibly to encourage voter participation. However, as ever with the data-driven ad business, there’s a whole wrapper of associated questions about what information Facebook’s platform might be harvesting when it chooses to deploy the nudge — and how the (ad) business is making use of the data.

Source: Facebook has paused election reminders in Europe after data watchdog raises transparency concerns | TechCrunch

Facebook blocks mobile app advertisers from using device-level data

Facebook quietly updated its terms of service for its Advanced Mobile App Measurement program in January, barring mobile app advertisers from using device-level data for any purpose other than measuring campaign performance on an “aggregate and anonymous basis.”

With the change, Facebook mobile app advertisers can no longer use device-level data for any of the following: (i) to target or retarget ads, (ii) to redirect with tags, (iii) to sell to third-parties, (iv) to inform cross-channel ad campaigns.

The update underpins Facebook’s efforts to contain user data – but it’s a concerning signal to advertisers.

Source: Facebook blocks mobile app advertisers from using device-level data – Marketing Land

Facebook isn’t sharing all off-platform data with users

Facebook is now offering users a feature that lets them see what data it has collected about their activities beyond Facebook.

But Facebook “Download Your Information” feature only gives you part of the picture. Information about advertisers uploading lists with your personal information is limited in time and prevents users from exercising their rights

Source: No, Facebook’s is not telling you everything | PI

Facebook postpones launch of dating app

Facebook has been forced into an embarrassing postponement of its new dating service all across Europe 36 hours before Valentine’s Day after Ireland’s Data Protection Commission stepped in.

The regulatory body, which oversees Facebook’s operation across the EU, sent agents to the social media giant’s offices in Dublin because Facebook had not informed the regulatory body of the launch.

Source: Hours from Valentine’s Day, Helen Dixon says no to Facebook’s European dating service rollout – Independent.ie

Facebook’s Tiny Privacy Fine Is a ‘Warning,’ Watchdog Says

Facebook Inc.’s German unit was handed a fine of 51,000 euros for failing to properly nominate a data protection officer for its local office, a penalty privacy regulators said should still serve as a “warning” to others.

While the punishment seems tiny for the social network giant, it targets the German unit and not the “billion-dollar parent company,” the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany, said in its 2019 annual report published on Thursday.

Source: Facebook’s Tiny Privacy Fine Is a ‘Warning,’ Watchdog Says – Bloomberg

Mobile Device IDs Will Be The Next Ad Tracker To Bite The Dust

Neither Apple nor Google – which is fresh off announcing its plan to kill third-party cookies in Chrome less than two years from now – has taken concrete steps to eliminate their respective device IDs as of yet, but the app ecosystem should be preparing for that eventuality.

Device IDs have proven not to be the privacy-preserving solutions they were meant to be, and now it’s time for another change.

Read full article: Mobile Device IDs Will Be The Next Ad Tracker To Bite The Dust

German court sides with consumer groups against Facebook data collection

Facebook has suffered a blow against its data collection practices in Europe, with a German court ruling some of the social media giant’s user terms.

Last week a Berlin Court ruled in favour of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, known locally as VZBV, in its case against Facebook. VZBZ alleged the tech giant is violating GDPR’s “informed consent” requirements with its privacy settings and some of its terms and conditions.

Source: German court sides with consumer groups against Facebook data collection – Which-50

Facebook’s new privacy tool lets you manage how you’re tracked across the web

Mark Zuckerberg’s long-promised “Clear History” button is finally launched globally.

Facebook has been determined to give people privacy controls while they’re on the social network. On Tuesday, it rolled out a long-promised tool designed to give them control beyond the social network.

While it had slow rollouts around the world, starting last August, it should be available now to the 2.4 billion people who use Facebook every month, Zuckerberg said.

Source: Facebook’s new privacy tool lets you manage how you’re tracked across the web – CNET

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