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Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes from Irish Watchdog

Facebook Inc. faces seven separate data-protection probes in Ireland as the country’s privacy regulator looks to take advantage of new rules that allow it to impose hefty fines.

The investigations are among 16 cases targeting big technology companies including Twitter Inc., Apple Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram.

Source: Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes as Irish Watchdog Gets Tough – Bloomberg

Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. In response, Apple has revoked Facebook’s ability to publish certain apps, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for both companies.

Facebook has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy regulations to publish the iPhone app, which provided it with data it used to keep ahead of youth trends.

Source: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Source: EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency

Facebook has restricted the ability of external political transparency campaigners to monitor adverts placed on the social network, in a move described as an “appalling look” by one of the organisations affected.

The monitoring tools, which involve asking users to install a browser plug-in and collecting data on the adverts they see, has helped expose many of the advertising tactics used by politicians, making it harder for those who pay for negative adverts to escape scrutiny.

Source: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency

Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation

Dozens of Commission documents show how the tech giant pushed back against rules on issues ranging from copyright to privacy.

On a range of legislation, ranging from privacy protection to copyright reform to rules governing responsibility for illegal content uploaded to internet platforms, the Silicon Valley tech giant’s arguments seem to have fallen flat — as European Union officials moved forward with regulation the company was warning against.

Full article: Inside Facebook’s fight against European regulation – POLITICO

A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads

More than half of Facebook’s users are unhappy with the major thrust of the company’s business model—surveillance-based advertising. While Facebook gives you some control over what data it uses to show you ads, it does not give you any way to stop the data from being collected in the first place.

Though you might not know it, much of this data is visible to average users in the Ad Preferences page. In their post, EFF goes through each category of data to explain where it comes from and what it means.

Read post: A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads | Electronic Frontier Foundation

EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections

The European Parliament and EU countries agreed, Wednesday, on new election rules according to which European party found to have misused personal data to influence voter behavior can be fined.

In the wake of a global outrage over Cambridge Analytica’s illegal harvesting of data on some 87 million Facebook users, the rules aim to stop EU political groups from using data to influence voter behavior in the upcoming European Parliament election.

Full article: EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections – POLITICO

Irish DPA asks Supreme Court to uphold ruling in Facebook case

Facebook wants to alter High Court findings on issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels because it “doesn’t like them” and does not want them put before the Court of Justice European Union (CJEU), the Data Protection Commissioner has told the Supreme Court.

A core issue in Facebook’s appeal is whether there is any legal entitlement to appeal a referral to the CJEU.

Source: Facebook wants to alter findings because ‘it doesn’t like them’, court told

Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

Whether the response to this latest viral meme is a change of direction or a bump in the road, it’s too early to tell. But it’s definitely an awakening of sorts. For the first time, Big Tech might not have its hands so firmly on the steering wheel. The thing is, though, no-one else does either.

Full article: Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk

Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy. If you don’t want to be on Facebook, you can leave or not sign up in the first place. Then your behavior will be your own private business, right?

The new study presents powerful evidence that the answer to that question is no. It shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you.

Full article: Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk—even if you don’t have an account

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