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Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook

The information commissioner’s office will use its legal powers to obtain information from Facebook about a secretive network of pro-Brexit advertising campaigns on the social network, following revelations about the involvement of Sir Lynton Crosby’s company in campaigns pushing for a hard no-deal Brexit.

The ICO will look at how any data, potentially including email addresses collected in the process of encouraging people to email their MP, is being handled.

Source: Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook | Politics | The Guardian

Researchers Find Facebook’s Ad Targeting Algorithm Is Inherently Biased

Facebook is in trouble with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for what the department says are discriminatory ad targeting practices.

For years, advertisers were allowed by Facebook to target (or avoid targeting) protected groups, like minorities and specific gender identities. But in a new paper, a team of researchers says that Facebook’s ad delivery algorithm is inherently biased even when advertisers are trying to reach a large, inclusive audience.

Source: Researchers Find Facebook’s Ad Targeting Algorithm Is Inherently Biased – Motherboard

Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers

Facebook app developers left hundreds of millions of user records exposed on publicly visible cloud servers.

The larger of the two data sets came from a Mexican media company called Cultura Colectiva. A 146GB data set with information like Facebook user activity, account names, and IDs was found that included more than 540 million records, the researchers said.

A similar data set was also found for an app called “At the Pool.” While smaller, the latter included especially personal information, including 22,000 passwords apparently used for the app, rather than directly for Facebook.

Source: Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers, researchers say – The Verge

ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has spoken out following Mark Zuckerberg’s demands for governments to do more to control what gets broadcast over the internet.

Last week, the Facebook chief had an op-ed published in the Washington Post, in which he described how regulation needed to be standardised in areas including privacy, election integrity, and data protection systems.

Source: ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

Zuckerberg says governments need to do more to support data privacy

Mark Zuckerberg has responded to privacy pressures by asking regulators and governments to do more to help control content that gets published online.

Writing in the Washington Post, the Facebook boss acknowledged the “major” role that tech plays in our everyday lives, as well as the “immense responsibilities” that lie on the shoulders of companies such as Facebook.

However, experts have questioned whether the Facebook chief’s message is little more than an acknowledgement of the fact that the social network has to comply with new data privacy laws.

Source: Zuckerberg says governments need to do more to support data privacy

Austrian judge rules Max Schrems can take civil action against Facebook

Max Schrems, one of Europe’s most high-profile privacy lawyers, has overcome a major hurdle in his four-year-long legal battle against Facebook.

On Monday (25 March) the Vienna Higher Regional Court overturned a previous ruling in Facebook’s favour, paving the way for Schrems to take civil action against the firm.

The landmark decision means that complaints made under Article 79 of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation can be reviewed by judges, as well as data protection authorities.

Source: Austrian judge rules Max Schrems can take civil action against Facebook – NS Tech

Belgium regulator fights Facebook over user tracking

A court in Belgium has instructed Facebook to put a halt to tracking users without obtaining the proper consents.

The social network has also been told to erase all information it has gathered on individuals who do not have Facebook accounts, after the Brussels Court of First Instance deemed that the company had harvested data illegally.

Source: Belgium regulator fights Facebook over user tracking

Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents.

A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously discovered the improper sharing of data on 87 million people three months later, in December 2015. The firm said the September concerns related to a separate matter.

Source: Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’ – BBC News

Facebook to Fight Belgian Ban on Tracking

Facebook is attacking a Belgian court order forcing it to stop tracking local users’ surfing habits, including those of millions who aren’t signed up to the social network.

The U.S. tech giant will come face to face with the Belgian data protection authority in a Brussels appeals court for a two-day hearing starting on Wednesday. The company will challenge the 2018 court order and the threat of a daily fine of 250,000 euros ($281,625) should it fail to comply.

Source: Facebook Attack of Belgian Case on Web Tracking Gets Hearing – Bloomberg

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