#privacy: Facebook admits to using workers to listen to users’ conversations

News reports reveal that employees have been paid to transcribe audio footage created by users on Facebook. The famous social network’s disclosure of relying on third-party staff to listen in on voice messages comes after reports of the practice being used by other tech giants, including Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Google. According to Facebook, eavesdropping […]

More details needed over Facebook Libra data security

Data privacy experts across the world are warning of the security dangers presented by Facebook’s forthcoming Libra cryptocurrency. This week, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office joined forces with data privacy commissioners from the US, Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada and the EU to issue a statement of concern. “While Facebook and [its crypto wallet-focused entity] Calibra […]

Websites liable for Facebook ‘Like’ button, EU court rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the ‘Like’ function created by Facebook makes third-party websites responsible for processing user data under the GDPR, reports reveal. Europe’s highest court was forced to step in after a web-based fashion store embedded a Like plugin into the social network, only to find itself accused of violating […]

Facebook $5 billion US government fine for data privacy violations

The US government has hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine for years of data privacy violations that have “deceived” and “undermined” user choices, the Washington Post reports. The famous social network will also have to allow federal eyes on its future business dealings. The ruling follows a 16-month investigation conducted by the Federal Trade […]

Libra cryptocurrency scams found on Facebook and Instagram

Fake pages advertising Libra sales has been found proliferating social media platforms.  The Washington Post uncovered roughly a dozen fake pages, accounts and groups across Facebook and Instagram, claiming to be official hubs for Libra, with some pages selling Libra at a discount if users visit a third-party website.  The scam pages, also promises “early […]

Facebook yet to speak to Swiss regulator over Libra launch

The Swiss agency charged with monitoring data privacy standards of the social media platforms’ newly-launched Libra cryptocurrency has not yet been contacted by Facebook, reports say. According to CNMC, head of communication at the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Hugo Wyler, said: “We have taken note of the statements made by David Marcus, […]

Facebook hearings suggest cryptocurrency future for U.S. lawmakers

The U.S. governmental hearings on the new Facebook cryptocurrency will boost the crypto sector and underscores that digital currencies are now mainstream. This is the bullish assessment of CEO and founder of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, deVere Group. Nigel Green’s comments come as the social media giant prepares to defend […]