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Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

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Facebook has pushed back against a European Union investigation into its practices, taking it to court over privacy concerns. Two investigations are being carried out into Facebook to find out if it breaches competition laws. To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data. The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.The social media giant has filed an appeal to the EU courts, arguing against the breadth of the document requests. 'Irrelevant documents'"We are cooperating wi...

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

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Government officials worry about Facebook's plans to extend end-to-end encryption to MessengerBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterFebruary 16, 2020, 6:00 PM4 min readSAN FRANCISCO -- At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct. The massive project has already gotten pushback from regulators worried about Facebook's size and power. Government officials also worry about Facebook's plans to extend end-to-end encryption to Messenger. Once that happens, Facebook wouldn't be able to respond to law enforcement subpoenas because it wouldn't have a way to unscramble messages. Chudnovsky, who moved to the U....
Google faces winged-monkey privacy protest

Google faces winged-monkey privacy protest

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Google has angered a privacy expert by repeatedly identifying him as a "dwarf character actor" famous for playing a winged monkey in The Wizard of Oz.Pat Walshe told BBC News he had had the issue resolved twice, only to discover last week it had happened again.The issue involves his photo being run next to text from another source about a dead American who had the same name.He now aims to make an official complaint to data privacy watchdogs. Google has once again fixed the flaw.Personal contactsA day after BBC News raised the matter, Mr Walshe's photo had been removed from the "knowledge box" near the top of the Google's search results.The US company has not explained or apologised for the mistake.But a spokeswoman said she did not believe the correction ...

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

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Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings. The company and other tech giants are facing increased scrutiny over the amount of data they collect from their users. Google and Facebook both debuted new privacy tools this year. Now, YouTube users will be able to set their search and viewing histories to auto-delete after a set period of time. Google Maps will have an incognito mode, which means a user's movements won't be recorded when it's turned on. It will be available on Android this month. Google did not give an exact date for iOS. Google also says people will be able to delete their voice histories from artificial intelligence system Assistant using a voice command.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

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Facebook is trying to play cupid as it launches its dating feature for the first time in the US.It is already available in 19 other countries including Canada and Brazil, and is coming to Europe early next year. But with the privacy issues the world's biggest social network has suffered in recent years, will people trust it when it comes to their love life - and how does the app work?Those who use Facebook Dating will have to be over 18 and will have a profile separate from their main one. Image: The app allows people to send a "like" and a corresponding message to any profile they encounter on the service The service, which is free, will suggest possible romantic partners based on their preferences, interests and Facebook activity. ...