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Facebook lawsuits: the biggest tech battle yet, and one that is long overdue

Facebook is facing perhaps its greatest existential threat yet as the company prepares to battle two antitrust lawsuits brought by the US government and more than 40 states. But while analysts are calling the crackdown an important step, whether the social media giant can be reined in remains to be seen.

The lawsuits brought against Facebook on Wednesday accuse the company of wielding its “monopoly power” to crush and overwhelm its rivals. The cases tackle Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp in particular, deals which federal regulators now say should be unwound.

Source: Facebook lawsuits: the biggest tech battle yet, and one that is long overdue

Facebook Asks Supreme Court To Decide Whether Tracking Violates Wiretap Law

Facebook is urging the Supreme Court to take up a long-running dispute about whether tracking logged-out users via the “Like” button violates a law restricting the interception of online communications.

In a petition filed quietly last week, the social networking service argues that the battle over tracking “presents a question of critical importance” — namely, whether “certain ubiquitous practices in the technology industry involving computer-to-computer communications violate the federal Wiretap Act.”

Source: Facebook Asks Supreme Court To Decide Whether Tracking Violates Wiretap Law 11/30/2020

Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data

Facebook has paid Russian authorities a 4 million ruble ($53,000) fine over its refusal to comply with controversial data localization laws.

Under laws which came into force in 2016, Russia requires all foreign technology companies to store data related to their Russian customers and users on servers located inside Russia.

Source: Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data – The Moscow Times

Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

The Korea Communications Commission kickstarted the investigation in 2018 before ultimately handing it off to the PIPC a few months ago.

According to Yonhap News, the PIPC determined that the social network shared the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean users (out of a total of 18 million) to other companies without consent from May 2012 to June 2018. The watchdog said Facebook shared people’s names, addresses, dates of birth, work experience, hometowns and relationship statuses with other companies when they logged in.

Source: Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent | Engadget

Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook

Apple Inc. on Thursday slammed Facebook Inc. and other internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning a decision by the iPhone maker to delay a new privacy feature.

Apple’s letter defended the company’s decision to delay an iPhone feature that requires users to give explicit permission before letting apps track them for advertising purposes. The enhancement was added as part of the company’s iOS 14 operating system in September, but a requirement that all apps use it was delayed until early 2021 after several developers, including Facebook, said the change would hurt their businesses.

Source: Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook – Bloomberg

WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

The Irish arm of messaging platform WhatsApp recorded an €11.2 million loss last year after setting aside €77.5 million to cover possible fees linked to an investigation undertaken by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

The Data Protection Commission investigation into WhatsApp examined its compliance with Articles 12 to 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to transparency around what information is shared with Facebook.

Source: WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Folksam, one of the largest insurance companies in Sweden, today disclosed a data breach affecting around 1 million Swedes after sharing customers’ personal info with multiple technology giants.

The insurer discovered the data breach after an internal audit according and reported the incident to the Swedish Data Protection Authority.

The personal data shared by Folksam includes various types of info such as social security numbers or that an individual purchased union or pregnancy insurance.

Source: Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Data Protection Commission hit with massive legal bill after Facebook privacy case

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems said: “The Irish taxpayer now has to pick up parts of the bill.”

The Data Protection Commission must pay the legal costs of Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems regarding a landmark EU ruling concerning Facebook, with the final bill likely to total in excess of €2m.

Such a bill would amount to in excess of 10% of the DPC’s entire annual budget.

Source: Data Protection Commission hit with massive legal bill after Facebook privacy case

Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information

Two Facebook users are seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Canadians whose personal data may have been improperly used for political purposes.

The proposed class-action lawsuit filed by Calgary residents Saul Benary and Karma Holoboff asks the Federal Court to order the social-media giant to bolster its security practices to better protect sensitive information and comply with federal privacy law.

It also seeks $1,000 for each of the approximately 622,000 Canadians whose information was shared with others through a digital app.

Source: Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information | CTV News

Game Trains Police To Get Facebook Data Fast

Many investigators don’t know how to request help from the likes of Facebook, Apple and Google at speed when an emergency hits. Europol thinks its new game will help.

The game, hopes to make sure police know the answers to those when an emergency happens. It looks much like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but crossed with a create your own adventure game and without the options of phoning a friend or asking the audience.

Full article: ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ But For Terror Attacks: Game Trains Police To Get Facebook Data Fast

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