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Facebook sues two Chrome extension devs for scraping user data

Facebook filed a lawsuit today in Portugal against two Portuguese nationals for developing browser extensions that scraped user data from Facebook sites. All extensions were developed by a software company named “Oink and Stuff,” specialized in creating Android apps and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge.

While the company develops a wide array of browser extension, Facebook said it found data collection-related malicious behavior inside four extensions named Web for Instagram plus DM, Blue Messenger, Emoji keyboard, and Green Messenger, which Facebook said “functioned like spyware.”

Source: Facebook sues two Chrome extension devs for scraping user data | ZDNet

Facebook’s EU-US data transfers face their final countdown

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has agreed to swiftly finalize a long-standing complaint against Facebook’s international data transfers which could force the tech giant to suspend data flows from the European Union to the US within in a matter of months.

The DPC has made the commitment to a swift resolution of Schrems’ complaint now in order to settle a judicial review of its processes which noyb, his privacy campaign group, filed last year in response to its decision to pause his complaint and opt to open a new case procedure.

Source: Facebook’s EU-US data transfers face their final countdown | TechCrunch

Ireland brings in tough laws on revenge porn and online bullying

People guilty of online harassment and revenge porn in Ireland could face up to 10 years in prison as part of a bill passed with all-party support in December.

The crackdown on online harassment is of particular significance in Ireland, which hosts the European headquarters of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms where such practices are pervasive. Ireland faces rising pressure from its European partners to impose greater regulatory scrutiny on these firms.

Source: Ireland brings in tough laws on revenge porn and online bullying – POLITICO

Court says all EU states can take data cases against Facebook

On January the 13th, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered his opinion in the case opposing Facebook and the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

According to his opinion, which reiterates the principle defended by the Belgian DPA, the one-stop shop mechanism established by the GDPR does not prevent supervisory authorities from bringing proceedings to court before a national judge as long as it is in situations specifically provided for in the GDPR.

If upheld, the advocate general’s opinion, issued on Wednesday, would mean any of the 27 member states’ data authorities could take action against the social media giant headquartered in Dublin, potentially unleashing a flood of complaints against big tech companies.

Source: Court says all EU states can take data cases against Facebook

Biden and Trump Voters Were Exposed to Radically Different Coverage of the Capitol Riot on Facebook

Data from The Markup’s Citizen Browser project shows the different realities Americans inhabited on Facebook last week.

By analyzing Facebook feed data from hundreds of the panelists in the project, The Markup found that panelists who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 election were more frequently exposed to news stories from nonpartisan outlets directly covering the riot at the Capitol and the certification of Biden’s win, like The Washington Post and The New York Times, while our panelists who identified themselves as Trump voters in the 2020 election were more likely to be exposed to conservative news coverage, led by online outlets like The Daily Wire and Breitbart.

The two groups were exposed to barely any of the same news stories.

Source: Biden and Trump Voters Were Exposed to Radically Different Coverage of the Capitol Riot on Facebook

Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update

Turkey’s competition authority has opened an investigation into WhatsApp over a new update that requires users to share more data with its parent company, Facebook.

The popular messaging platform has been widely criticised for asking its users to agree to the new terms or lose access to their accounts from February 8.

The Head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, Ali Taha Koc, said that foreign applications pose serious security risks.

Source: Turkey investigates WhatsApp and Facebook over data privacy update | Euronews

FarmVille Once Took Over Facebook. Now Everything Is FarmVille.

The game, a phenomenon a decade ago, shut down on New Year’s Eve. But its legacy — for better and for worse — carries beyond gaming.

Original FarmVille lives on in the behaviors it instilled in everyday internet users and the growth-hacking techniques it perfected, now baked into virtually every site, service and app vying for your attention.

It helped transform Facebook from a place you went to check in on updates — mostly in text form — from friends and family into a time-eating destination itself.

Source: FarmVille Once Took Over Facebook. Now Everything Is FarmVille. – The New York Times

FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms

The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new inquiry into the privacy and data collection practices of major tech firms including Amazon, TikTok owner ByteDance, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as its subsidiary WhatsApp.

The agency wants much of the usage and engagement data the platforms collect on their users, the metrics they use for measuring such things and short- and long-term business strategies, among many other areas of inquiry.

Source: Scoop: FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms – Axios

Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules

Facebook Inc will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish unit and out of reach of Europe’s privacy laws.

The change takes effect next year and follows a similar move announced in February by Google. Those companies and others have European head offices in Dublin, and the UK’s exit from the EU will change its legal relationship with Ireland, which remains in the Union.

Source: Exclusive: Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules | Reuters

Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups

Amazon Flex Driver Drickey Jackson alleged that Amazon “wiretapp(ed) the electronic communications of Amazon Flex Drivers’ closed Facebook groups,” according to a class action complaint filed in the Souther District of California.

According to the complaint, Amazon sought to “secretly observe and monitor Flex Drivers’ electronic communications and confidential postings in their closed Facebook groups, through the use of monitoring tools, automated software, and dedicated employees with backgrounds in signals intelligence and communications intelligence,” who purportedly deployed said tools “as part of their … duties on behalf of Amazon.” In particular, the plaintiff cited the existence of a document listing 43 closed Flex Driver Facebook groups that Amazon purportedly monitors.

Source: Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups – Tech

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