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Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition

Facebook AI Research says it’s created the first machine learning system that can stop a facial recognition network from identifying people in videos.

In initial tests, the method was able to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition systems. The AI for automatic video modification doesn’t need to be retrained to be applied to each video. It maps a slightly distorted version on a person’s face in order to make it difficult for facial recognition technology to identify a person.

Source: Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition | VentureBeat

Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling

Facebook’s most recent attempt to extricate itself from a potentially landmark lawsuit has come to a dead end, as a federal court declined to hear another appeal to stop the $35 billion class action.

In San Francisco last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied Facebook’s petition for an en banc hearing in the case. Usually, appeals cases are heard by a panel of three judges out of all the judges who work in a given circuit. An en banc hearing is a kind of appeal in which a much larger group of judges hears a case. In the 9th Circuit, 11 of the 29 judges sit on en banc cases.

Source: Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling | Ars Technica

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature

Facebook has introduced a new privacy feature called the “Off-Facebook Activity” intended to provide you with a tool to control your Off-Facebook activity tracking.

The new privacy feature will allow you to view the websites and apps that send your data about your online activity to Facebook. It will allow you to monitor your off-Facebook tracking activities through enabling you to see the specific businesses and what data they can access about you. It will also let you clear your online activity history. Facebook intends to roll out this feature in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain first and later to every Facebook user.

Full article: Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature: What’s New and Why Should You Care?

Facebook is building more secure Instagram messaging app 

Facebook is launching Threads, a new camera-first messaging app from Instagram for keeping up with your close friends in a dedicated space.

Facebook claims it is built with privacy in mind, so that you can feel comfortable using the app to communicate with your close friends.

Read more: Privacy Matters: Threads | Facebook Newsroom

Facebook can be ordered to remove content worldwide

The E.U. Court of Justice ruled that Facebook and other platforms will need to remove information or block access to any illegal material, including in some instances content that is “equivalent.” Judges also can order it taken down worldwide, “within the framework of the relevant international law.”

The decision upheld an Austrian ruling in which a politician sued Facebook to remove defamatory content and the court ordered it removed globally. Facebook had previously removed the content in Austria only.

This judgment raises critical questions around freedom of expression and the role that internet companies should play in monitoring, interpreting and removing speech that might be illegal in any particular country.

Source: Facebook can be ordered to remove content worldwide, EU says – The Washington Post

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV

When Facebook first introduced Portal, a smart speaker with a screen, in October of last year, the company was grappling with a seemingly endless list of privacy issues. Now, Facebook (FB) is doubling down on this product, even as it continues to face privacy concerns.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced it would take the concept a step further with Portal TV, a small black camera that can be clipped onto the top of users’ TVs or sit below them on a stand — and it’s introducing this product to even more markets worldwide.

Source: Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV – CNN

Your Private Instagram Stories Aren’t Exactly Private

A shockingly simple work-around allows your followers to share private photos and videos posted to both Facebook and Instagram.

The hack — which works on Instagram stories as well — requires only a rudimentary understanding of HTML and a browser. It can be done in a handful of clicks. A user simply inspects the images and videos that are being loaded on the page and then pulls out the source URL. This public URL can then be shared with people who are not logged in to Instagram or do not follow that private user.

Source: Your Private Instagram Stories Aren’t Exactly Private

Judge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed

A federal judge on Monday ordered Facebook to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong.”

While dismissing some claims, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said users could try to hold Facebook liable under various federal and state laws for letting app developers and business partners harvest their personal data without their consent on a “widespread” basis.

Source: Judge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed, calls company’s views ‘so wrong’ – Reuters

Facebook confirms 419m phone numbers exposed in latest privacy lapse

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers were exposed in an open online database, the company confirmed Wednesday.

More than 419m Facebook IDs and phone numbers were stored in an online server that was not password protected. The dataset included about 133m records for users in the US, 18m records for users in the UK and 50m records for users in Vietnam.

Source: Facebook confirms 419m phone numbers exposed in latest privacy lapse | Technology | The Guardian

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