The UK government is planning to collect “targeted and personalised information,” on anyone who visits the government’s various websites, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News. Politicians in the UK are being told that it’s a “top priority” and that the information is needed to prepare for Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, which is still scheduled for November 1.
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Facebook and Google could be forced to give up the deets about their secret sauce algorithms thanks to an Australian proposal for increased regulation of the tech giants. If implemented, these measures could set a precedent for how global lawmakers curtail these companies’ influence amid increasing privacy and antitrust scandals.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook in the wake of its massive Cambridge Analytica scandal, has voted to approve levying a massive $US5 ($7) billion fine against the social media giant, according to reporting in both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. It’s the single largest fine against a tech company by the FTC to date, but its inadequacy to curtail future breaches of this sort already has progressive lawmakers furious
I recently purchased a bedroom bundle (mattress, bed base, pillows and sheets) from a well known Australian startup for my son, who has flown the nest. Now I’m swamped with Google and Facebook ads for beds and bedding. The week before it was puffer jackets.
Ever wonder why and how this happens? The answer is surveillance capitalism.
The attorney general for the District of Columbia may have obtained internal company emails showing that Facebook had knowledge of Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting efforts months sooner than CEO Mark Zuckerberg let on last year.
But the company is now in court arguing to keep the emails under seal, saying the firm’s data-scrapping is unrelated to that other breach of privacy for which it faced criticism for more than a year.
Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorised to speak on the record.”
While Facebook has encountered plenty of public outrage and bad publicity since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first emerged in March, its legal penalties have been few and far between.
That could change soon, as the attorney general of the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the social network on Wednesday. It alleges that Facebook violated the law and “harmed consumers” by “failing to protect its users’ data.”
It's been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company's history. But you wouldn't know it by reading "Facebook's 2018 Year in Review." The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook's involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not.
Facebook has been fined £500,000 ($910,650) by the United Kingdom today over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The minuscule fine was the most allowed under the law, but Facebook can probably find that kind of money in its couch cushions. Based on last year’s revenue, Facebook makes that amount in less than 9 minutes of operation.
Back in April, Mark Zuckerberg got caught deleting old messages he’d sent through Facebook. The tech company was forced to confirm that the CEO was reaching into other people’s inboxes and deleting old messages, but assured us that it was fine because Facebook would be giving the feature to everyone soon. Well, it’s the middle of October, six months later, and we’re still waiting.
The 2016 US Presidential Election was undoubtedly the worst thing that’s ever happened to Facebook, and it’s doing everything it can to signal that it wants to avoid a repeat of that nightmare. Yesterday, it told reporters that it will stop dispatching employees to work directly with political campaigns.
In the midst of an app audit that will probably never end, Facebook gave us an update on its progress on Wednesday. While the company is still being stingy with information, it said four million users should expect a notification that a now-banned app called myPersonality may have misused their data. Additionally, Facebook says 400 other apps are currently suspended over suspicious activity.