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Facebook exploit user data to remain top dog

Documents uncovered by NBC news indicate that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been exploiting user data as a means to gain leverage over rivals.

These documents include emails, web chats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, revealing how Zuckerberg had planned to utilise the data despite insisting that governments need to do more to protect user’s data at the beginning of the month.

Source: Facebook exploit user data to remain top dog

Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given

Digiday spoke to Giovanni Buttarelli, European data protection supervisor, to hear whether media and advertising businesses have done enough to comply. He believes Google and Facebook must work harder to achieve compliance.

Full article: Giovanni Buttarelli on state of GDPR adoption: ‘Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given’ – Digiday

Can Facebook Ever Be Fixed?

From many scandals in 2018 to an actual spyware app the company paid users to download to downright disastrous security practices exposed earlier this year, the Facebook can’t seem to get much right.

In the recent post Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposes four new ideas to regulate the internet. However, the hard truth is that Facebook’s own interests diverge — in some cases, wildly — from those of its users. So its trust problem won’t change until its business model does.

Full article: Can Facebook Ever Be Fixed?

Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook

The information commissioner’s office will use its legal powers to obtain information from Facebook about a secretive network of pro-Brexit advertising campaigns on the social network, following revelations about the involvement of Sir Lynton Crosby’s company in campaigns pushing for a hard no-deal Brexit.

The ICO will look at how any data, potentially including email addresses collected in the process of encouraging people to email their MP, is being handled.

Source: Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook | Politics | The Guardian

Researchers Find Facebook’s Ad Targeting Algorithm Is Inherently Biased

Facebook is in trouble with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for what the department says are discriminatory ad targeting practices.

For years, advertisers were allowed by Facebook to target (or avoid targeting) protected groups, like minorities and specific gender identities. But in a new paper, a team of researchers says that Facebook’s ad delivery algorithm is inherently biased even when advertisers are trying to reach a large, inclusive audience.

Source: Researchers Find Facebook’s Ad Targeting Algorithm Is Inherently Biased – Motherboard

Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers

Facebook app developers left hundreds of millions of user records exposed on publicly visible cloud servers.

The larger of the two data sets came from a Mexican media company called Cultura Colectiva. A 146GB data set with information like Facebook user activity, account names, and IDs was found that included more than 540 million records, the researchers said.

A similar data set was also found for an app called “At the Pool.” While smaller, the latter included especially personal information, including 22,000 passwords apparently used for the app, rather than directly for Facebook.

Source: Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers, researchers say – The Verge

ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has spoken out following Mark Zuckerberg’s demands for governments to do more to control what gets broadcast over the internet.

Last week, the Facebook chief had an op-ed published in the Washington Post, in which he described how regulation needed to be standardised in areas including privacy, election integrity, and data protection systems.

Source: ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

Zuckerberg says governments need to do more to support data privacy

Mark Zuckerberg has responded to privacy pressures by asking regulators and governments to do more to help control content that gets published online.

Writing in the Washington Post, the Facebook boss acknowledged the “major” role that tech plays in our everyday lives, as well as the “immense responsibilities” that lie on the shoulders of companies such as Facebook.

However, experts have questioned whether the Facebook chief’s message is little more than an acknowledgement of the fact that the social network has to comply with new data privacy laws.

Source: Zuckerberg says governments need to do more to support data privacy

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