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Facebook will no longer scan user faces by default

It will roll out the Face Recognition privacy setting globally over the next several weeks.

Facebook is making facial recognition in photos opt-in by default. Starting today, it’s rolling out its Face Recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced in December 2017, to all users. If you have Face Recognition turned on, Facebook will notify you if someone uploads a photo of you, even if you aren’t tagged. You can then tag yourself, stay untagged, or report the photo if it’s something you want taken down.

Source: Facebook will no longer scan user faces by default – The Verge

EU data caught in Facebook audio transcribing

The social networking giant initially said no local users were affected, but 48 EU citizens had their information collected without their knowledge.

The revelation comes after Facebook had initially claimed that no one from the 28-country bloc had their audio messages collected and transcribed by hundreds of third-party contractors in a potential violation of the region’s tough privacy standards.

Yet after reviewing the activity, which took place at the end of July and early August, the company has now told EU privacy regulators that roughly 50 Europeans in 14 countries were caught up in the activity, as they had sent audio messages on its online platforms to U.S. users who were involved in the transcription trial.

Source: EU data caught in Facebook audio transcribing – POLITICO

Facebook succeeds in blocking German FCO’s order against combining user data

Facebook has succeeded in blocking the order by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office earlier this year that would have banned it from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — without their consent.

Facebook appealed, delaying application of the order, and ruling by the Dusseldorf court grants a suspension. The FCO has a month to lodge an appeal.

Source: Facebook succeeds in blocking German FCO’s privacy-minded order against combining user data | TechCrunch

Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You 

The tool is a response to criticism that Facebook has faced over how it safeguards its users’ privacy.

The company introduced a new tool that lets people better see and control the information that Facebook has gathered about their browsing habits outside the social network.

The tool, Off-Facebook Activity, allows users to view the hundreds of sites and apps that share data and customer information with Facebook. They can disconnect the data from their account if they want.

Source: Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You – The New York Times

Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes

In an attempt to convince its two billion users that it truly cares about their privacy, Facebook is opening a number of pop-up privacy check-up cafes.

At the five Facebook cafes, visitors will get free drinks and a tutorial on how to customize their privacy settings — something you’d normally have to pay people to do in their spare time.

Source: Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes, for Some Reason

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

On August 8, representatives of the global community of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities issued a joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network.

Data protection authorities may individually follow up with Libra with more specific questions as the proposals and service offering develops.

Source: Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network | European Data Protection Supervisor

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

Facebook is building a headset that can monitor, read and translate your brainwaves and allow users to type just by thinking.

By monitoring and recording the signals generated by a series of multiple-choice questions, the system was able to predict the correct answer with up to 76 percent accuracy.

But Facebook also said that in the near future, the new system could be used to help improve augmented and virtual reality headsets — such as those produced by the Facebook-owned Oculus — allowing users to complete actions such as “select” and “delete” using just their minds.

Full article: Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain. – VICE

EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019

European privacy investigators expect to complete a lengthy probe into whether Facebook violated the bloc’s tough data protection rules by the end of the year, according to the Irish official who is leading the inquiries.

Decision expected to focus on how WhatsApp shared users’ data with the social networking giant.

Source: EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019 – POLITICO

UK Lawmakers To Investigate Facebook Libra Over Privacy

A parliamentary committee worries about Facebook holding financial details on its potentially billions of Libra users.

Damian Collins, chair of the House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said, given the company’s past poor record on privacy, he has concerns that Facebook can adequately protect the financial details of its billions of potential Libra users.

Source: UK Lawmakers May Probe Facebook Libra Over Privacy, Fraud – CoinDesk

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