"For the first time in history, people are sharing information about themselves online in ways that may help determine how to improve their health". The company denied the claims, saying they deleted the harvested information in 2015. In most such cases, what the authorities want is metadata showing who was in contact with whom, though all too many governments don't seem to understand what end-to-end encryption means ...
CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Wednesday that Facebook is shutting down a feature that let people search for Facebook users by phone number or email address. Facebook didn't have details about whether recipients would be notified when a message was unsent and retracted from their inboxes, whether the feature would apply retroactively to old messages sent before the launch, or whether users would need to designate a message as expiring/unsendable before they send it.
The professor went on to say that the company have to foot a bill of up to GBP 625 billion (USD 870 billion approx) as a result. These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", Facebook said.
Facebook earlier pointed to instructions for removing apps, and thus revoking their permissions, but that was initially a rather tedious process in which you had to do them one at a time. This ensures that they came up with a two-way privacy measurement, one for the users and another for the executives. The WSJ reports multiple people hitting the same brick wall.
Facebook is clearly concerned about its image, running a poll asking some users whether they think it's "good for the world" (via Engadget). Users have experienced the issue across different browsers, operating systems and devices.
"These practices are consistent with well-established norms in the scientific and medical community for safely conducting research on de-identified patient data". The project was led by an interventional cardiologist, Freddy Abnousi, and was operated out of Facebook's experimental projects section known as "Building 8" which was run by Regina Dugan before she left the company in 2017.
Australia is investigating Facebook over alleged privacy breaches, authorities said Thursday, after the firm admitted the personal data of thousands of local users was improperly shared with a British political consultancy.
"If a company collects a person's data for a certain goal, it has to obtain their consent - and under the new rules it's explicit and affirmative consent - if it wants to forward it to a third party or use it for a different objective", Wigand said.