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50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.

A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon – used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements.

Source: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian

We still have no idea what really happens on Facebook

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute and Northeastern University may have figured out how to beat ad discrimination on Facebook once and for all.

After a string of alarming ProPublica stories, Facebook has had trouble keeping advertisers from targeting ads to specific races, potentially violating discrimination laws around housing and employment. But the Planck institute team has a new idea for how to approach the problem, judging an ad based on the overall users targeted instead of the inputs used to achieve that target. The researchers laid out how such a system might work in a paper last month, the first step in a project that could rewrite the way ads are targeted online.

Source: We still have no idea what really happens on Facebook – The Verge

WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR

Facebook, its popular messaging app WhatsApp, and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation over how Facebook and WhatsApp share user data.

The ICO today announced that it has closed its investigation and concluded that WhatsApp and Facebook, in fact, cannot and do not share user data for anything other than basic data processing.

The two most significant upshots of this: WhatsApp (and Facebook) will not be fined; and the ICO has gotten WhatsApp to sign an undertaking in which it has committed publicly not to share personal data with Facebook in the future until the two services can do it in a way that is compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR, ICO closes investigation | TechCrunch

WhatsApp sharing user data with Facebook would be illegal, rules ICO

The UK’s data protection watchdog has concluded that WhatsApp’s sharing of user data with its parent company Facebook would have been illegal.

The messaging app was forced to pause sharing of personal data with Facebook in November 2016, after the Information Commissioner’s Office said it had cause for concern. The ICO opened a full investigation into the matter in August that year.

Source: WhatsApp sharing user data with Facebook would be illegal, rules ICO | Technology | The Guardian

Brussels court: Facebook must play by the Belgian privacy and cookie rules

In a judgement of Feb. 16, the Court of First Instance of Brussels has convicted Facebook for non-compliance with the Belgian privacy and cookie rules. The Court ordered Facebook to cease its current cookie use practices under forfeiture of an incremental penalty of 250.000 EUR per calendar day of non-compliance (with a maximum of 100 million EUR).

This is the provisional culmination of an intense legal battle between the Belgian Privacy Commission and Facebook, which started end of 2014 and which will likely continue before the Court of Appeal in the coming years.

Source: Brussels court: Facebook must play by the Belgian privacy and cookie rules

Your Data Is Crucial to a Robotic Age. Shouldn’t You Be Paid for It?

Should Facebook pay us for our puppy pictures?

Of course, the idea sounds crazy. Posting puppies on Facebook is not a chore. We love it: Facebook’s 1.4 billion daily users spend the better part of an hour on it every day. It’s amazing that we don’t have to pay for it.

And yet the idea is gaining momentum in Silicon Valley and beyond: Facebook and the other technological Goliaths offering free online services — from which they harvest data from and about their users — should pay for every nugget of information they reap.

Source: Your Data Is Crucial to a Robotic Age. Shouldn’t You Be Paid for It? – The New York Times

Facebook nudged grade-school children during testing of Messenger Kids

Facebook says getting children to communicate on its Messenger Kids app took nudging, even though experts they consulted for the product say kids are ready to use such mobile software.

When Facebook was testing Messenger Kids before rolling it out in December, the company found “It was hard for kids to initiate the communication,” said Tarunya Govindarajan, the manager who built the product, to an audience gathered in Washington for the company’s Global Safety Network Summit. “We wanted to give them nudges to start the conversation,” she said.

Source: Facebook nudged grade-school children during testing of Messenger Kids

How to Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition Features

In recent days, more and more Facebook users started seeing a notification about how the social network uses its facial recognition technology. When Facebook first implemented the tech in 2013, it limited its use to suggesting tags in photos.

In December, though, the company announced that it would expand face recognition’s scope to notify you when someone added a photo you were in, whether it was tagged or not. If that sounds like something you’d rather Facebook not do, it’s easy enough to stop.

Source: How to Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition Features | WIRED

Facebook Biometric Privacy Suit Not Tossed

A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit against Facebook regarding its photo scanning and face prints technology can move forward. The class action lawsuit alleges that the Facebook technology uses biometrics in a way that violates an Illinois state privacy law.

A unique Illinois law — the Biometric Information Privacy Act — could result in Facebook facing fines of $1,000 to $5,000 each time a person’s image is used without permission. It could also result in new restrictions on the site’s use of biometrics in the U.S.

Source: Facebook Biometric Privacy Suit Not Tossed | PYMNTS.com

German court says Facebook’s real name policy is illegal

A German court ruled that Facebook’s real name policy is illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the service under pseudonyms to comply with a decade-old privacy law. The ruling, made last month but only now being announced, comes from the Berlin Regional Court and was detailed today by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (abbreviated from German as VZBV), which filed the lawsuit against Facebook.

Facebook says it will appeal the ruling, but also that it will make changes to comply with European Union privacy laws coming into effect in June, according to Reuters. “We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, and that the services offered by Facebook are in full accordance with the law,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Source: German court says Facebook’s real name policy is illegal – The Verge

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