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Indonesia Seeks More Answers from Facebook

Indonesia Seeks More Answers from Facebook

Indonesia’s communications ministry said last Thursday that it is giving Facebook a week to provide them with more answers on the misuse of its citizens’ data and the measures the company is taking to prevent similar breaches from happening again. The ministry had sent a letter to Facebook Ireland Ltd., seeking more details on the sharing of Facebook data to third parties including CubeYou and Aggregate IQ, as well as confirmation on technical measures to limit data access on the platform. Although representatives from the social network had already apologized to the members of the Indonesian parliament, Facebook has yet […]

Facebook Moves to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users from GDPR Protection

Facebook Moves to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users from GDPR Protection

Facebook has reportedly made some changes to lessen its exposure to the EU’s upcoming data privacy rules. The move is expected to exclude around 1.5 billion users around the world from the protections brought by the GDPR. It is said that the social network is planning to grant such protections only European users, which means that those in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America will still be governed by the original terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland. The changes will remove a significant potential liability from Facebook. However, the GDPR still covers all entities that […]

Facebook to Build Own Chips, Hires Engineers

Facebook to Build Own Chips, Hires Engineers

According to Bloomberg last Wednesday, a recently discovered job listing posted by Facebook seems to indicate that the social network is looking to build its own chips. The tech giant is currently looking for a manager for an end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization. It is said that most tech companies have sought gains through chip customization specifically for artificial intelligence, but it has not been revealed if Facebook will be using the hardware for AI. The report was said to have caused the slight dip in Intel’s stock which rebounded before the market closed. Facebook has not yet […]

Facebook: Users Must Agree to Targeted Ads to Use the Service

Facebook: Users Must Agree to Targeted Ads to Use the Service

Facebook clarified last Tuesday that users will have to agree to receive targeted ads if they want to continue using the service. It was noted that this would ensure that the social network’s business model holds after the EU’s new privacy laws take effect. Under the GDPR, companies that collect or use the personal information of a European without their consent will be penalized. Facebook Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman announced that they will be seeking Europeans’ permission this week for a variety of ways Facebook uses their data. However, he clarified that opting out of targeted marketing altogether […]

Major Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord

Major Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord

At the recently held RSA conference, 34 tech firms including Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, and SAP have signed an agreement called the Cybersecurity Tech Accord where they vowed to protect users from cybersecurity threats and not participate in any government-supported cyber attacks. Those who have signed the accord are required to commit to four pillars: 1. Building stronger defenses to protect all internet users around the globe. 2. Oppose any offensive cyber attacks. 3. Empower people, businesses and developers. 4. Work together and with other private and public sector partners to mitigate threats. Microsoft President Brad Smith emphasized that the wave […]

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Last Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in Indonesia Ruben Hattari issued an apology to members of the Indonesian Parliament in a five-hour session where he and other Facebook officials were questioned on issues such as personal data misuse and oversight of content by the US tech giant. Indonesia is one of the countries with the most number of Facebook users. In the session, Facebook said that 1,096,666 users in Indonesia may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica, which is 1.26% of the global total. However, the MPs still threw hard questions, with PDIP MP Evita Nursanty asking […]

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Last Monday, the Duterte Administration blasted Facebook’s choice of official third-party “fact checkers” VERA Files and Rappler IQ, saying that the online news platforms were biased against the Philippine president. Loraine Badoy, Assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said that they will be protesting Facebook’s move as soon as they get to sit down with the social media company. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque meanwhile said that they are welcoming Facebook’s decision to counter misinformation on their platform, but warned that “the chosen police of the truth are sometimes partisan themselves”. Rappler, which has a reputation for its hard […]

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

In a report on ethical AI development released Monday by the House of Lords committee, a witness warned against the “unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in a small number of corporations” such as Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent. The committee called on regulators to review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology firms in the UK which, according to them, could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence. It was also recommended in the report that a national and international “AI code” be created to protect the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities. […]

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

A Berlin court has issued a temporary injunction, ordering Facebook to unblock a particular user and reinstate his comment even though it was in violation of the site’s community standards. In what is said to be the first ever injunction of its kind in Germany, the court has instructed Facebook to lift the suspension of Gabor B and undelete his comment which said that “The Germans are becoming ever more stupid. “No wonder, since they are every day littered with fake news from the left-wing Systemmedien about ‘skilled workers’, declining unemployment rates or Trump.” Facebook reportedly unblocked his account, but […]

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 […]