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Websites Using Facebook “Like” Button Are Responsible for User Privacy

The Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled websites embedding the Facebook “like” button are responsible for user privacy.

In Fashion ID v Verbraucherzentrale NRW, the Court stated FashionID can be held jointly responsible with Facebook for compliance with Europe’s data protection rules. Facebook’s tracking technique collects the personal data of visitors to a third-party website and transfers it to Facebook.

Source: Top European Court Rules Companies Using Facebook “Like” Button Are Responsible for User Privacy

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion FTC Settlement

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says the deal would unfairly dismiss thousands of complaints against the tech giant.

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

Source: Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement – The New York Times

FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

After months of leaks to the press and rumors of an imminent enforcement action, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has fined Facebook a record-breaking $5 billion and required the company to implement an “unprecedented” and modified corporate governance structure for violating its 2012 FTC consent decree.

The fine is the highest in the history of global privacy enforcement by a factor of 20, but perhaps more notably, the order requires a detailed data governance framework to ensure Facebook’s executive leadership is accountable and transparent about its data practices.

Source: FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

Facebook has been accused (again) of tracking user photos through hidden embedded codes.

As the social media giant finalizes the terms of its record $5 billion fine, continual privacy headlines will not help it move past the allegations of data misuse.

Source: Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show

It’s been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest more heavily in private groups and messaging, and recently that effort has gotten a major marketing push.

However, private Facebook groups is also place where bad actors come together. While there have always been online forums where awful people congregate, Facebook’s size and recommendation algorithms change that calculation. Its size enables connections between many people who may not otherwise have met.

Full article: The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show – The Verge

Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the FTC. It Faces Many More. 

The social network may have escaped restrictions and financial bruising with the F.T.C.’s settlement, but its pain is just beginning around the world.

Regulators and lawmakers in Washington, Europe and in countries including Canada have already begun multiple investigations and proposing new restrictions against Facebook that will probably embroil it in policy debates and legal wrangling for years to come. And in some of these places, the authorities are increasingly coordinating to form a more united front against the company.

Full article: Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More. – The New York Times

Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC’s privacy investigation into the social network.

Fine will settle privacy investigation triggered by Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Source: Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue | Ars Technica

Facebook tries to make ad targeting explanations more useful

Facebook has been adding new tools to provide more transparency about why users are seeing certain ads and content (and what they can do about it), but in a blog post, Product Manager Sreethu Thulasi wrote, “We heard feedback from people that they can still be hard to understand and difficult to navigate.”

To address that, the company said it’s making two changes. First, when you select the “Why am I seeing this ad?” option on an advertisement, you’ll get more info.

Source: Facebook tries to make ad targeting explanations more useful | TechCrunch

Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

Policymakers and experts are now beginning to weigh how the government’s use of facial recognition should be regulated and constrained. A crackdown on how government agencies can use the technology needs to consider how companies do, too.

Full article: Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting complaints

German authorities have fined Facebook 2 million euros for under-reporting complaints about illegal content on its social media platform in breach of the country’s law on internet transparency.

Germany’s Federal Office of Justice said that by tallying only certain categories of complaints, the web giant had created a skewed picture of the extent of violations on its platform.

Source: Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting complaints – Reuters

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