German Police Investigated For Abusing Covid Tracking App ‘LUCA’ To Hunt Witnesses

RT News – An inquiry has been opened after police in Mainz accessed a Covid tracking app known as Luca to reportedly find witnesses to the death of a man who fell outside a restaurant. Continue reading “German Police Investigated For Abusing Covid Tracking App ‘LUCA’ To Hunt Witnesses”

Facebook – There’s no escape, even if you don’t use it…

 

You pay for Facebook with your privacy. Here’s how it keeps raising the price.

Megan Borovicka joined Facebook in 2013 and then forgot she even had an account. But Facebook never forgot about her.

The 42-year-old Oakland, Calif., lawyer never picked any “friends,” posted any status updates, liked any photos or even opened the Facebook app on her phone. Yet over the last decade, Facebook has used an invisible data vacuum to suction up very specific details about her life — from her brand of underwear to where she received her paycheck.

Full Story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/08/29/facebook-privacy-monopoly/

Facebook to be fined $US5 billion for privacy violations…

The US Federal Trade Commission has approved a roughly $US5 billion ($7.1 billion) settlement with Facebook over its investigation into the social media company’s handling of user data, a source familiar with the situation has told Reuters.

Key points:

  • Penalty criticised as “a Christmas present five months early” for Facebook
  • The settlement would be the largest civil penalty ever paid to the agency
  • Source tells Reuters a final announcement on the settlement could come as early as next week

The FTC has been investigating allegations Facebook inappropriately shared information belonging to 87 million users with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The probe had focused on whether the data sharing violated a 2011 consent agreement between Facebook and the regulator.

Investors cheered news of the deal and pushed Facebook shares up 1.8 per cent, while several powerful Democratic politicians in Washington condemned the proposed penalty as inadequate.

The FTC is expected to include in the settlement other restrictions on how Facebook treats user privacy, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also said that the agency vote was along party lines, with three Republicans voting to approve it and two Democrats opposed.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-13/facebook-5-billion-dollar-fine-cambridge-analytica-privacy/11306324