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German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook “was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power,” says Andreas Mundt of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

Germany’s antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with “far-reaching restrictions” on the social media network’s practice of merging its users’ data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

Source: German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram, WhatsApp : NPR

Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords

A warning has been issued by Instagram that a number of users of the social media platform have had their password details exposed by a security leak.

Ironically, this breach occurred due to a flaw in the ‘Download Your Data’ tool that Instagram added to the platform to allow users to download a copy of their own data. Instagram sent these users their passwords in plain text. This feature was implemented in April in order to ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection legislation which became enforceable on May 25 this year. The tool was developed due to privacy concerns in the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Full article: Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords – Compliance Junction

noyb.eu filed complaints against Google, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook

One the first day of GDPR noyb.eu has filed four complaints against Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram over “forced consent”.

Very similar complaints were field with four authorities, to enable European coordination. In addition to the four authorities at the residence of the users, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner will probably get involved in the cases too, as the headquarter of the relevant companies is in Ireland in three cases.

Source: noyb.eu – My Privacy is none of your Business

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Instagram has confirmed it will let users download their personal data, including previously shared photos, videos and messages, as it prepares for the European data regulation GDPR.

While its parent company, Facebook, had announced a suite of GDPR controls, which Mark Zuckerberg emphasised during his testimony to Congress this week, Instagram had been quiet on the issue.

Source: Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared | Technology | The Guardian