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Ireland’s Supreme Court to rule on Facebook data transfer appeal

The Supreme Court will rule by June 6th on Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commission decisions approving European Union-United States data transfer channels to the European Court of Justice (CJEU).

The referral was made by the High Court in proceedings by the Data Protection Commissioner arising from complaints by Austrian lawyer Max Schrems that the transfer of his personal data by Facebook to the US breached his data privacy rights as an EU citizen.

Source: Supreme Court to rule on Facebook data transfer appeal

Does Canadian Privacy Law Matter if it Can’t be Enforced?

While the U.S. relies on binding enforcement of privacy policies alongside limited sector-specific rules for children and video rentals, Canada’s private sector privacy law, which applies broadly to all commercial activities, has received the European Union’s stamp of approval, and has a privacy commissioner charged with investigating complaints.

The weakness of Canadian law became evident last week when the federal and British Columbia privacy commissioners released the results of their investigation into Facebook arising from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. After a brief negotiation, the Facebook simply refused to adopt the commissioners’ recommendations.

Full article: Does Canadian Privacy Law Matter if it Can’t be Enforced?

Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DCP) has confirmed it’s looking into the hundreds of millions of passwords that Facebook stored without encryption.

The social network notified the regulator that user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram were stored in plain text in the company’s internal servers.

Source: Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe | IT PRO

Facebook breached Canada’s privacy law

Canadian regulators on Thursday found that Facebook committed “serious” breaches of local laws over its mishandling of users’ personal information, announcing they would take the company to court to force it to change its privacy practices.

The new legal salvo from Canada comes after federal authorities and provincial regulators in British Columbia determined that Facebook had in place “superficial” protections for users’ data and failed to keep close watch over third-party apps that accessed that information.

Source: Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data breach leads to Canada privacy violation finding – The Washington Post

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by FTC Over Privacy Issues

Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.

The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results, saying it estimated a one-time charge of $3 billion to $5 billion in connection with an “ongoing inquiry” by the F.T.C. Facebook added that “the matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.”

Source: Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues – The New York Times

Facebook Custom Audience illegal without explicit user consent, Bavarian Data Protection Authority rules

Online shops and marketers routinely share customer data with Facebook to reach them with targeted advertising.

Turns out: in many cases this is illegal. A ground-breaking decision by a German Data Protection Authority recently ruled that matching customers’ email addresses with their Facebook accounts requires their explicit consent.

Source: Facebook Custom Audience illegal without explicit user consent, Bavarian Data Protection Authority rules – netzpolitik.org

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?

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