Surveillance & Privacy

19 April 2018

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law Reuters

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

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18 April 2018

Facebook Is Creepy. And Valuable. New York Times

One of the most telling moments in the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony last week was when Representative Billy Long, a Missouri Republican, warned the co-founder of Facebook of what Congress was likely to do about its multiple concerns surrounding the social network. “Congress is good at two things: doing nothing, and overreacting,” he said. After years of the former, he said, “we’re getting ready to overreact.”

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Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, UK MPs told The Guardian

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

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15 April 2018

Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks New York Times

Two pages of notes sitting in a binder in front of Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony this week hinted at a message the Facebook chief executive rarely got a chance to deliver: We’re not the only ones.

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12 April 2018

What You Don't Know About How Facebook Uses Your Data New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, went to Capitol Hill this week to explain to members of Congress how the detailed personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users ended up in the hands of a voter-profiling company called Cambridge Analytica.

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Zuckerberg Faces Hostile Congress as Calls for Regulation Mount New York Times

After two days and more than 10 hours of questioning of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, there was widespread consensus among lawmakers that social media technology — and its potential for abuse — had far outpaced Washington and that Congress should step in to close the gap.

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11 April 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Testimony: Senators Question Facebook’s Commitment to Privacy New York Times

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, began the first of two marathon hearings in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, answering tough questions on the company’s mishandling of data.

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09 April 2018

Facebook among 30 organisations in UK political data inquiry The Guardian

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating 30 organisations, including Facebook, as part of its inquiry into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes.

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EU, Facebook Plan High-Level Contacts Over Data Scandal Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. expressed a “willingness to engage” with European Union regulators in the wake of fresh evidence showing that data on most of the social network’s 2 billion users could have been accessed improperly.

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Christopher Wylie: Why I broke the Facebook data story – and what should happen now The Observer

In January, I told the British authorities that the app that was used to harvest data for Cambridge Analytica was likely to have pulled the profiles of British Facebook users. Last week Facebook confirmed it: it told the world that as many as 87 million profiles were collected. This included more than one million British records.

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Don't just blame Facebook for taking your data - most online publishers are at it too The Observer

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good metaphor must be worth a million. In an insightful blog post published on 23 March, Doc Searls, one of the elder statesman of the web, managed to get both for the price of one. His post was headed by one of those illustrations of an iceberg showing that only the tip is the visible part, while the great bulk of the object lies underwater. In this case, the tip was adorned with the Facebook logo while the submerged mass represented “Every other website making money from tracking-based advertising”. The moral: “Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing.”

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05 April 2018

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: The Scandal and the Fallout So Far New York Times

In March, The New York Times, working with The Observer of London and The Guardian, obtained a cache of documents from inside Cambridge Analytica, the data firm principally owned by the right-wing donor Robert Mercer.

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Facebook: 'Malicious actors' used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale Washington Post

Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide.

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04 April 2018

Microsoft calls for dismissal of U.S. Supreme Court privacy fight Reuters

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday backed the Justice Department’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court dismiss a case pitting the two against each other over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed a law that resolved the dispute.

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Exclusive: Facebook CEO stops short of extending European privacy globally Reuters

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that he agreed "in spirit" with a strict new European Union law on data privacy but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.

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03 April 2018

Facebook Is Not the Problem. Lax Privacy Rules Are. New York Times

As recently as 2010, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, believed that privacy was no longer a “social norm.” But over the past few weeks — and not a moment too soon — he and his colleagues have learned that privacy still matters to individuals and society.

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Australians ignorant about social media data, ACCC chief warns The Guardian

The Cambridge Analytica revelations have exposed how little Australians know about the extent of personal data held by Facebook and Google, according to competition chief Rod Sims.

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29 March 2018

Facebook privacy settings revamped after scandal BBC News

Facebook says an overhaul of its privacy tools will make it easier for people to find and edit the personal information the company holds.

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Facebook Fallout Spreads With Product Delay, Privacy Overhaul Bloomberg

The fallout from Facebook Inc.’s data privacy scandal is spreading. The social media giant will delay the unveiling of new home products and is redesigning a menu of privacy settings on its network, stepping up its response to public outrage over revelations that it mishandled user data.

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27 March 2018

All About the GDPR: Staying compliant in a new era of data privacy Marketing Land

While deregulation has been a stateside trend over the past decade, the 28 members of the European Union are gearing up for a massive increase in regulations around data privacy in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — and this regulation will make a splash across the pond as well.

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Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain Its Privacy Policies New York Times

A parade of regulators, politicians and law enforcement officials demanded to know more about Facebook’s privacy practices on Monday, as the fallout from the company’s relationship with a political data firm continued to spread.

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Facebook's privacy practices are under investigation, FTC confirms The Guardian

Facebook’s privacy practices are under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users.

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Facebook logs texts and calls, users find as they delete accounts The Observer

As users continue to delete their Facebook accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a number are discovering that the social network holds far more data about them than they expected, including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and SMS messages.

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26 March 2018

How Calls for Privacy May Upend Business for Facebook and Google New York Times

The contemporary internet was built on a bargain: Show us who you really are and the digital world will be free to search or share.

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US lawmakers hope to use Facebook's 'oil spill' privacy mishap to usher in sweeping new laws Washington Post

It was October 2010, and two members of Congress were furious with Facebook. In the eyes of then-Rep. Edward J. Markey and Rep. Joe Barton, the company had failed its users in allowing app developers to take personal data from them and their friends — and transmit it to marketers.

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