Facebook, Mass. attorney general spar over records disclosure

(Nov 11, 2019) Facebook has asked a Massachusetts Superior Court judge to allow records related to data misuse to remain withheld from a privacy probe into the social network by the Massachusetts attorney general, Reuters reports. The attorney general's office is seeking to obtain records on 10,000 apps that Facebook believes are putting user data at risk. While Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Sara Cable, CIPP/US, argued the records were needed to examine Facebook's "blind eye" to data misuse, Faceboo... Read More

Irish DPC investigating whether social media micro-targeting violates GDPR

(Nov 8, 2019) Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon told an international “grand committee” of parliamentarians her office is conducting several investigations into the practice of micro-targeting on social media platforms, The Irish Times reports. Dixon said the investigations targeted social media platforms, data brokers and ad exchanges. She added micro-targeting may be in violation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and that she hopes to conclude the probes by next year. Meanwhile, Reut... Read More

Jourová: EU planning regulations against 'dirty methods' in political ads

(Nov 8, 2019) In an interview with CNBC, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová said EU lawmakers are considering new rules for political ads shown on big tech platforms. Jourová indicated the rules will focus on transparency, saying they will aim to show "who is behind the campaigning, who pays (for) it, what are the interests." Jourová added lawmakers should aim to avoid creating "some kind of Orwell's world" by forcing widespread censorship across platforms.Full Story... Read More

App payment systems raise concerns for Indian government

(Nov 7, 2019) The Indian government is reaching out to financial institutions about the risks of payment features through social media apps, The Economic Times reports. “We are reaching out to the [National Payments Corporation of India] and the [Reserve Bank of India] to discuss safety features and in case some extra steps need to be undertaken to ensure security of financial data is not breached,” a government official said, according to the report. WhatsApp has been testing its payment service in India sin... Read More

OAIC, ACCC seeking answers on Libra privacy issues

(Nov 7, 2019) Eight Australian regulators, including the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, have discussed investigating Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency service more thoroughly, The West Australian reports. The limited information provided by Facebook has generated more questions than answers, leading to a rise in regulators' concerns. OAIC has suggested that regulators commence their own investigations to target specific issues with Libra.Ful... Read More

Documents reveal Facebook gave certain partners access to user data

(Nov 7, 2019) Documents obtained by NBC News show Facebook gave certain partners access to user data while it denied access to other entities. The 7,000 pages of documents include 4,000 internal Facebook communications sent from 2011 to 2015. Of the pages of documents, 1,200 are marked “highly confidential.” The documents show Facebook allowed companies to access users’ friends, photos and relationship data. Facebook did not respond for comment. Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked ... Read More

Facebook announces 100 developers may have illicitly accessed user data

(Nov 6, 2019) Facebook revealed as many as 100 software developers may have illicitly had access to user data, CNBC reports. The social media company said it no longer allows developers to gather the information, which included names, profile pictures and members of certain groups on the platform. Facebook said in a blog post that at least 11 developers accessed user data within the last 60 days. “Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and w... Read More

Sen. Hawley discusses TikTok privacy issues at hearing

(Nov 6, 2019) NBC News reports U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was critical of TikTok and its potential mishandling of Americans' data during a hearing by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Hawley said the Chinese app "knows where your children are, knows what they look like, what their voices sound like, what they're watching, and what they share with each other." TikTok declined to attend the hearing but sent a letter to the subcommittee stating it does not store U.S. u... Read More

Hong Kong High Court offers interim resolution on police 'doxing'

(Oct 31, 2019) The South China Morning Post reports Hong Kong's High Court has placed a temporary ban on the publication of personal details of police officers in an effort to curtail "doxing" efforts. The interim injunction will remain in effect until 8 Nov., at which point a second hearing will take place to consider extending the ban. Court papers filed by Hong Kong's Department of Justice, the justice secretary and the commissioner of police asked for 13 categories of information that they sought to be ban... Read More

Irish DPC to rule on Twitter, WhatsApp cases by November

(Oct 31, 2019) A spokeswoman for the Irish Data Protection Commission has indicated the office will render a decision on Twitter and WhatsApp investigations by the end of the year, The Irish Independent reports. While the decision will come in a matter of weeks, any potential actions against the companies are not expected to take effect until months after the decision is filed. The draft decisions could possibly include a fine, sanctions or other regulatory action.Full Story... Read More