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Mark Zuckerberg's Details Leaked in Facebook Data Breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's own personal information was among the details of 533 million Facebook users that leaked in a data breach, it has emerged. Facebook has now confirmed that the leaked data was obtained not by a hack, but by scraping the platform prior to September 2019. The company now says that an exploit was found in its contact importer, but the "specific issue that allowed them to scrape this data in 2019 no longer exists." Facebook has not clarified exactly what personal in...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, European Union, Signal, Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerburg, Pete Buttigieg, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Facebook Data Breach, Facebook Via Bleeping Computer


Facebook’s Kustomer buy could face EU probe after merger referral

The European Union may investigate Facebook’s $1BN acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer after concerns were referred to it under EU merger rules. A spokeswoman for the Commission confirmed it received a request to refer the proposed acquisition from Austria under Article 22 of the EU’s Merger Regulation — a mechanism which allows Member States to flag a proposed transaction that’s not notifiable under national filing thresholds (e.g. because the turnover of one of the companies is t...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Austria, Healthcare, Commission, European Commission, Data Protection, Fitbit


Facebook and Instagram Link Previews Would Break EU Privacy Law, Say Security Researchers

A follow-up report by security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk has alleged that Facebook Messenger and Instagram are collecting and using data from link previews in a way that would breach European privacy law. In October last year, Bakry and Mysk revealed that link previews in popular messaging apps can lead to security and privacy issues on iOS and Android. It was discovered that apps could leak IP addresses, expose links sent in end-to-end encrypted chats, download large files w...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, European Union, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Mysk, Europe Facebook, EU Facebook, Talal Haj Bakry, Tommy Mysk, Bakry, Facebook Instagram This, Facebook s Terms of Service Facebook


Russia rejects Western criticism over Navalny case

By Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press MOSCOW — Russian authorities on Wednesday shrugged off the massive rallies against the jailing of top Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny and rejected Western criticism as “hysterics” as activists reported more than 1,400 new arrests in the crackdown on protesters. A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Navalny to prison for two years and eight months, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve-agent poisoning. The ...
Tags: Instagram, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, US, Eu, Sport, European Union, Soccer, United States, Paris, Moscow, European Court Of Human Rights


This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Twitter, Spotify, Europe, Real Estate, London


Facebook reportedly offered to help another company build a rival social network to fight off an antitrust lawsuit

Facebook may have offered to help competitors build a rival social media network to fight off an antitrust lawsuit. YouTube/House Judiciary The Washington Post reported Facebook offered to give other tech companies access to its code through license agreements to help build a rival social media network. Facebook lawyers proposed the idea to state and federal investigators days before they filed major antitrust lawsuits against the company. The US Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Canada, House, Antitrust, Ftc, State, Facebook Instagram


Facebook Temporarily Disables Some Messenger and Instagram Features in Europe to Comply With EU Data Rules

Some Messenger and Instagram features are temporarily unavailable to users in Europe in order to comply with new rules on data usage currently being rolled out in EU countries. Affected users are seeing alerts in the Facebook-owned apps that some features aren’t available to "respect new rules for messaging services in Europe." The alert doesn't specify what the missing features are, but The Verge notes that polls on both Messenger and Instagram are currently disabled in Europe, while stick...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Eu, European Union, United Kingdom, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Features, EU Data Rules


Google has launched COVID-19 information panels in its search results to tackle misinformation about vaccines

The near search feature will show information panels on each vaccine. Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images Google rolled out new COVID-19 information panels on its search results Thursday to provide people with accurate information on vaccines. The new feature will list authorized vaccines in the user's location, and show information panels on each one, Google said in a blog post. The panels will first be launched in the UK which began vaccinating people Tuesday. It'll then be introd...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, European Union, Bill Gates, Pfizer, Pew Research Center, Andrew Matthews, BioNtech, Getty Images Google, Imran Ahmed, Kate Duffy


Instagram Begins the Process of Bringing its Suicide, Self-Harm Detection Tech to the EU

Instagram will extend initiatives it has used outside of the European Union to proactively detect content related to suicide or self-harm to the EU, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said in a blog post. Mosseri said Instagram is in discussions with regulators and governments in the EU on ways to bring this technology to the...
Tags: Instagram, Advertising, Eu, European Union, Platforms, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Social Pro Daily


Key takeaways from Facebook’s earnings call: Ad revenues grow despite boycott, WhatsApp integration into messaging ecosystem imminent

Facebook managed to post record revenues in spite of the significant criticism it has faced all over the world, including in the form of ad boycotts in its home country. Revenue was up 22% through the quarter ended September 30, 2020 at $21.47 billion, while net income increased 29% to $7.85 billion year-over-year. The company also announced that it is considering integrating WhatsApp into the messaging ecosystem of Messenger and Instagram, although this isn’t the first time he’s made this claim...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, News, Instagram, France, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Canada, Earnings, US Senate


EU investigates Instagram over handling of children's data

Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken European Union privacy laws.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Eu, European Union


Facebook warns of plugging services in EU if regulators suspend data transfers

Facebook has told Ireland’s Data Protection Commission that it cannot see how it can continue operating in the European Union if regulators’ proposal to suspend overseas data transfers between the EU and United States is implemented. In the event that Facebook becomes subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of users’ data to the US, it is not clear “how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU”, Facebook said in a regulatory fil...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, News, Instagram, Privacy, US, Eu, European Union, United States, Ireland, Commission, Court of Justice, SCC, DPC, European Union CJEU


As the US gets ready to ban TikTok downloads, there is still no proof the app is spying on you for China

TikTok, the app beloved by Generation Z, might get booted out of the US. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images The Trump administration is forcing TikTok to sell off its US business by September 15 or else face a ban, accusing it of posing a privacy and national security threat because it is owned by a Chinese company. The administration has explicitly claimed TikTok spies on people but has never offered public evidence. Experts diving through TikTok's code and policies say the app collects user data ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Instagram, Washington, China, Disney, US, Trends, European Union, Beijing, Reddit, Ban, Donald Trump


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #507

Oracle is TikTok’s “trusted tech partner” for the US Enterprise provider Oracle has reportedly won the bidding war for the US operations of TikTok, according to The Wall Street Journal. However, instead of an outright sale, Oracle will be helping to run TikTok’s US operations with its own cloud technologies as a “trusted tech partner.” The news came just hours after Microsoft revealed its bid was rejected by TikTok owner, ByteDance. Facebook Watch reports over 1.25bn monthly visitors Facebook ha...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, England, London, Instagram, Microsoft, Youtube, US, Seo, European Union, Snapchat, Lewis Hamilton, Paris, Vodafone, Brazil, Ubisoft


TikTok joins Europe’s code on countering illegal hate speech

Popular short video app TikTok has joined the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech, making it the ninth platform to abide by the code, the company announced on Tuesday. “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate hate on TikTok. We recognise that this may seem an insurmountable challenge as the world is increasingly polarised, but we believe that this shouldn’t stop us from trying,” said Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety, EMEA at TikTok. “We have a zero-tolerance stanc...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, News, Instagram, China, India, Eu, European Union, Lgbtq, Hate Speech, India China, EMEA, Keenan, Facebook Microsoft Twitter, Tiktok


PandaDoc employees arrested in Belarus after founders protest against Lukashenko regime

Yesterday the four employees (pictured) of US-headquartered enterprise startup PandaDoc were arrested in Minsk by the Belarus police, in what appears to be an act of state-led retaliation, after the company’s founders joined protests against the 26 year-long regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko is widely believed by international observers to have rigged the country’s recent elections in his favor, preventing the election of opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. PandaDoc ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, President, United Nations, Un


Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially offering users in its EU HQ location of Ireland the ability to port their media direct to Google Photos, before going on to open up access in more markets. It completed a global rollout of that first offering in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Dropbox, Google Photos


Facebook is threatening to block Australians from sharing news on its platforms if government regulation goes ahead

The world's governments will be watching Australia's example closely to identify a workable model for regulation. Erin Scott/Reuters Facebook has threatened to block Australians from sharing news content on its platforms if the government's proposed media bargaining code goes ahead.The code would set out standards for big tech platforms like Facebook to pay news publishers for displaying their content.If the code is approved, Facebook would prevent Australian users from sharing news...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Australia, US, International, Trends, Spain, European Union, Google News, Instagram Facebook, Silva, Facebook Facebook, Easton, ACCC, Reuters Facebook


Instagram Retained Deleted Photos and Messages on Its Servers for Over a Year

Instagram has awarded a security researcher a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found photos and private direct messages on the platform's servers that he had deleted more than a year ago (via TechCrunch). Saugat Pokharel discovered that his content hadn't been removed in October after downloading a copy of his data from the photo-sharing app. Instagram introduced the download option two years ago to comply with the European Union's data privacy GDPR regulations. Instagram said the reason Pok...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, European Union, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, Instagram Retained Deleted Photos


There is still no proof TikTok is spying on you for China

The Trump administration is forcing TikTok to sell off its US business by September 15 or else face a ban, accusing it of posing a privacy and national security threat because it is owned by a Chinese company. The administration has explicitly claimed TikTok spies on people but has never offered public evidence. Experts diving through TikTok's code and policies say the app collects user data in a similar way to Facebook and other popular social apps. Google and Facebook by comparison almost ce...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Singapore, Disney, US, Trends, European Union, Reddit, US Treasury, Ftc


Trump might ban TikTok — here's what experts who pored through its code and privacy policies say about its security

The Trump administration has said it is considering banning TikTok, claiming that it hoovers up user data and is owned by a Chinese company as a national security threat. The geopolitics of US-China relations makes it hard to know whether TikTok is actually any more intrusive than social media platforms like Facebook, or whether this is a ploy by the US to gall China. Business Insider spoke to two experts who said that while TikTok has shown some security issues, its privacy policy suggests it...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Instagram, China, Singapore, Disney, US, Trends, European Union, Beijing, Reddit, Chinese communist party, Wall Street Journal


Facebook Loses Antitrust Case In Germany Over Data Collection

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In a decision that could further embolden European governments to take on large tech platforms, Germany's top court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users. The ruling by the Federal Court of Justice, upholding a decision by Germany's antitrust watchdog, is a major victory for proponents of tougher regulation of the world's largest technology companies. The case ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Germany, Tech, European Union, The New York Times, European Court Of Justice, Federal Court of Justice, In Germany Facebook, Rupprecht Podszun, Facebook Pixel Regulators, University of Dusseldorf Read


Facebook Lowers Video Quality In Latin America, Following Europe

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Facebook will lower video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America, replicating measures adopted in Europe, to ease network congestion in a region that is starting to feel the grip of the coronavirus. On Sunday, the world's largest social network followed the steps of Netflix, Alphabet's YouTube, Amazon and Walt Disney in response to a call by the European Union to stave off internet gridlock as thousands of people work...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Tech, European Union, Brazil, Latin America, Walt Disney, Reuters, Anatel, Europe Netflix, Facebook Lowers Video, Netflix Alphabet s YouTube Amazon


Facebook and Disney to downgrade streaming quality in Europe due to COVID-19

Facebook is temporarily downgrading the quality of video streaming in Europe on its social platforms Facebook and Instagram in response to a call for action from the European Commission, per Reuters. Disney has also said it will work to shrink bandwidth used by its streaming service, Disney+, which is due to begin launching in Europe from tomorrow. Last week Netflix, YouTube and Amazon said they would switch to SD streaming by default in the region. The EU’s executive has expressed concern...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Media, Instagram, Youtube, India, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Internet Service Providers, Netflix, Digital Media


Facebook's dating app rollout in Europe is delayed after regulators raise questions about data privacy (FB)

Facebook recently launched its in-app dating feature in the United States, and was scheduled to launch it in Europe the day before Valentine's Day. However, Facebook Dating's European rollout has been delayed, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Privacy regulators in Ireland — where Facebook's European headquarters are located — said the company didn't provide adequate documentation that Facebook Dating was adhering to the European Union's new data privacy rules, known as GDPR. Irish...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, US, Trends, European Union, United States, Ireland, Dublin, Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Holmes, Valentine, Facebook Friends, Facebook Ireland, Irish Data Protection Commission, Facebook Dating


The UK won’t be implementing the EU Copyright Directive after Brexit

About a year ago now, the final language of the EU Copyright Directive was released. Its goal was for the “harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society”. But a couple of articles contained within the directive aren’t great, have been quite controversial and could have wide-reaching effects for photographers […] The post The UK won’t be implementing the EU Copyright Directive after Brexit appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Europe, Photography, UK, News, Eu, European Union, Copyright, Copyright Law, Brexit, Copyright Protection


Brexit: Boris Johnson arrives at manor house on the Wirral for private talks with Leo Varadkar - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s meeting with Leo Varadkar to discuss BrexitJeremy Corbyn’s speech on Labour’s agenda - Summary and analysisLeadsom criticised for defending ‘unlawful’ plan to sabotage Benn ActNo-deal Brexit would put lives at risk, says former chief medical officer 2.33pm BST This is from the Press Association’s Catherine Wylie on Thornton Manor.The luxury wedding venue chosen for Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar’s ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Instagram, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Philip Hammond, Rooney, Boris Johnson, Coleen Rooney, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Press Association, Jeremy Corbyn, Benn


World leaders, tech execs pledge to curb online violence

By Sylvie Corbet and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies joined a dozen countries in a global pledge Wednesday to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks. World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and tech executives gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were kill...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, France, White House, US, Sport, European Union, Whatsapp, Soccer, Paris, New Zealand, John Kerry, Christchurch


When it comes to elections, Facebook moves slow, may still break things

This week, Facebook invited a small group of journalists — which didn’t include TechCrunch — to look at the “war room” it has set up in Dublin, Ireland, to help monitor its products for election-related content that violates its policies. (“Time and space constraints” limited the numbers, a spokesperson told us when he asked why we weren’t invited.) Facebook announced it would be setting up this Dublin hub — which will bring together data scientists, researchers, legal and community team memb...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, California, India, Israel, Time, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Spain


Facebook's Irish Privacy Probe Nears Conclusion This Summer

Dixon’s office is investigating companies including Facebook Inc. and its Instagram unit, Twitter Inc., and Apple Inc. for violations of the European Union’s data privacy law, according to Dixon’s prepared testimony at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on privacy. The office is investigating 17 tech companies among a total of 51 large-scale privacy investigations the office has launched since May 2018, she added.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, European Union, Apple Inc, Twitter Inc, Dixon, Facebook Inc, Senate Commerce Committee



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