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Facebook Gets Fined By 2 European Privacy Regulators

On Tuesday Dutch and French data protection authorities issued fines to Facebook saying that its data handling practices broke their countries’ privacy rules. Authorities said Facebook had not provided users with sufficient control over how their details are used.

Sanctions are part of a growing pushback across the European Union about how Facebook collects data on EU’s residents.

Source: Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators – The New York Times

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

Facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of WhatsApp users in Germany — for now.

In August last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users’ telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user’s phone number, and screen resolution.

The idea was to improve Facebook’s ad targeting and to make it easier for the social network to suggest friend connections.

Source: Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

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