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EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019

European privacy investigators expect to complete a lengthy probe into whether Facebook violated the bloc’s tough data protection rules by the end of the year, according to the Irish official who is leading the inquiries.

Decision expected to focus on how WhatsApp shared users’ data with the social networking giant.

Source: EU privacy ruling against Facebook to come by end 2019 – POLITICO

Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Ireland’s data protection watchdog – the Irish Data Protection Commission- said it was “actively engaging” with WhatsApp’s Irish division to determine if EU user data had been impacted.

But because WhatsApp is still investigating whether any EU data was affected as a result of the flaw, the company has not notified the watchdog of the breach under the bloc’s stringent GDPR regulations. The commission therefore has not yet launched a formal investigation into the vulnerability.

Source: Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

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

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

WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available within the app under a new section. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

Full article: Privacy at your fingertips: WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats – The Economic Times

Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

Earlier this year, the Italian DPA closed its investigation into WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook. The investigation started in August 2016, after changes to the “terms of service and privacy notice” by WhatsApp.

Those changes were related to the sharing of some information about WhatsApp accounts — such as users’ phone numbers, device information, and “last seen” access — with Facebook for the following purposes: business analysis analytics, system security, and targeted advertising.

Full article: Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears?

Consumer apps such as WhatsApp are widely used by businesses as a free and easy method of mobile communication, but they have a downside – they aren’t fully secure and they aren’t GDPR compliant when used in the work place. In July 2018 WhatsApp was named by mobile device security company, Appthority , as one of the apps most often blacklisted by businesses.

Read article: The app trap: Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears

Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages

A cybersecurity company said it had discovered a flaw in WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with 1.5 billion users, that allows scammers to alter the content or change the identity of the sender of a previously delivered message. WhatsApp, however, says it is still safe, and what Check Point Software discovered was a system operating as it was intended.

Source: Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages – The New York Times

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

Facebook fined $33 million for failing to provide user data to Brazil court

The judge fined Facebook for failing to give access in 2016 to WhatsApp messages exchanged by individuals under investigation for defrauding the healthcare system of Brazil’s Amazonas state, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Source: Facebook fined $33 million for failing to aid Brazil graft probe

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