Data Privacy

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

ECJ Asked to Probe US-EU Facebook Data Transfers

It was reported this week that the Irish High Court had sought the help of the European Court of Justice to determine the legality of data transfers from EU to US by tech firms. The referral, which is to be received by the ECJ at the end of April, follows a case involving an Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems who complained against Facebook’s practice of storing the data of EU users in the US. While EU data protection law prohibits the transfer of personal data of EU citizens to a country with inadequate privacy protections, it is still to be […]

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Media sources have said that Mark Zuckerberg met with US lawmakers last Monday, a day before he is scheduled to give his testimony on the misuse of Facebook user data by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. According to aides, Zuckerberg will be talking at Capitol Hill with politicians from the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee, and U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, both of which he will be testifying before this week. The Facebook CEO had recently taken responsibility for the mishap and is expected to acknowledge the company’s failure to understand the extent of the problem caused by […]

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook last week admitted to that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives had special privileges including the ability to delete sent private messages. The Messenger retention feature allowed special users to send messages that expire after 90 days. A spokesperson further told the media that they were already planning to introduce the feature where senders can set a timer on their messages, but may take time before it gets rolled out. Facebook further apologized and said that they will be suspending their executives privileges to unsend messages while the feature is not yet available to the public.     Source: […]

Charter CEO Pushes for Privacy Law for All Internet Companies

Charter CEO Pushes for Privacy Law for All Internet Companies

Earlier this week, Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge called on the US Congress to pass stronger privacy laws that will cover all internet firms including Facebook and his own ISP company. Rutledge pointed out that inconsistent privacy rules had been undermining consumer confidence online and is now pushing for laws that promote transparency in information collection and sharing. He also said that companies must obtain opt-in consent when collecting and sharing customer data for purposes other than the ones they provide.   Charter is the second largest ISP in the US, while Rutledge is said to be the first major […]

VPNs Still Working in China Despite Ban

VPNs Still Working in China Despite Ban

Despite China’s ban taking effect last March 31, several virtual peer network providers have recently revealed that their services are still working in the country. China initiated a crackdown on unauthorized VPNs which began in 2007, culminating with the removal of all VPN apps from the Chinese Apple App store. The government also ordered ISPs such as China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, to block access to VPNs a month before the scheduled ban. However, VPN provider NordVPN says that the ban has not yet been implemented, and there had also received no updates from authorities. The company also […]

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it has filed a lawsuit against popular encrypted messaging app Telegram for refusing to give the FSB access to its users’ private messages. The Russian security service said that it needed access to the secret messages to aid its work, particularly against terrorism, and said that Telegram had to comply with its obligation as an organizer of information distribution. However, founder and CEO Pavel Durov had already said on Twitter that “Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users will not bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and […]

Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

In a recent hour-long interview with TechCrunch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered a number of critical questions on his company’s privacy scandal involving analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg admitted to TechCrunch that Facebook had failed to anticipate worst-case scenarios which led to a number of issues now hounding the company. He also said that it was a mistake to have been too dismissive of the impact of fake news, and clarified that the number of accounts affected the privacy fiasco may be closer to 87 million, instead of 50 million which was first quoted by the media. Zuckerberg also addressed […]

Data of Israel WhatsApp Users Reportedly Being Shared with Facebook

Data of Israel WhatsApp Users Reportedly Being Shared with Facebook

A number of users have raised their concerns regarding reports that users in Israel are now connected to WhatsApp via Facebook servers, according to WhatsApp fansite WABetaInfo. Users on Twitter said that this makes user metadata available for Facebook to read. When WABetaInfo tried to allay worries by saying that all chats and calls were end-to-end encrypted, some users pointed out that it was not the problem, but rather that metadata like last seen, online time, etc. which are dynamic and are not needed after a particular time have to be deleted from the servers. WhatsApp has not yet officially […]

Mark Zuckerberg Snaps Back at Tim Cook’s Criticism of Facebook

In an interview earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to criticisms thrown by Apple CEO Tim Cook against him in relation to the social network’s recent privacy scandal. In an interview with CNBC, Cook said that he wouldn’t be involved in such a situation when asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s position. Facebook is currently dealing with the misuse of data of around 50 million of its users by a political data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg replied and pointed out that unlike Apple which only caters to rich people, Facebook offers a free service […]

Zuckerberg Disavows Facebook Memo Calling for User Growth at All Cost

Zuckerberg Disavows Facebook Memo Calling for User Growth at All Cost

Buzzfeed reported earlier this week that Mark Zuckerberg had disavowed an internal Facebook memo which said that the company needed to prioritize the addition of more users above anything else. The 2016 memo written by Facebook VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth had not been previously reported and surfaced only recently partly because of the issues currently hounding the social network. Zuckerberg said in a statement that Boz had a tendency to say provocative things. He added that other Facebook employees, himself included, disagreed with the memo and did not believe that the end justifies the means. Boz acknowledged the authenticity of […]

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