Facebook Critics File Complaint Calling the Company a “Serial Privacy Violator”

With all of the scandals piling up for Facebook, it’s easy to forget the revelation just last month that over 30 million users had their accounts breached in the largest attack in the platform’s history. However, a coalition of Facebook’s critics has not forgotten, and that group has now filed a complaint against the company with the Federal Trade Commission.

Details may be found in an article in the Facecrooks web site at: http://bit.ly/2Bd9Atd.

New Hampshire Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment on Every Citizen’s Right to Privacy

In the recent referendum, 81 percent of New Hampshire’s voters voted to approve the addition of just 22 words to the state’s constitution:

“Right to Privacy: An individual’s right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.”

10 other states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina and Washington—have similar provisions expressly referring to a right to privacy.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Industry Challenge of 2015 Net Neutrality Rules

This is a win for consumers! The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the broadband industry’s challenge of Obama-era net neutrality rules.

The Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 order to impose net neutrality rules and strictly regulate broadband was already reversed by Trump’s pick for FCC chairman, Ajit Pai. But AT&T and broadband industry lobby groups were still trying to overturn court decisions that upheld the FCC order.

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Senator Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs To Jail For Violating Consumer Privacy

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced the Consumer Data Protection Act that “would dramatically beef up Federal Trade Commission authority and funding to crack down on privacy violations, let consumers opt out of having their sensitive personal data collected and sold, and impose harsh new penalties on a massive data monetization industry that has for years claims that self-regulation is all that’s necessary to protect consumer privacy,” reports Motherboard.

“Today’s economy is a giant vacuum for your personal information—everything you read, everywhere you go, everything you buy and everyone you talk to is sucked up in a corporation’s database,” Wyden said in a statement. “But individual Americans know far too little about how their data is collected, how it’s used and how it’s shared.”

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California Agrees to Delay Enforcing Net-Neutrality Law

California won’t enforce the nation’s toughest state-level net-neutrality law when it takes effect in January, agreeing Friday with the Trump administration and internet companies who sued that the state law should wait for the outcome of a separate lawsuit pending in Washington.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra made a joint filing with lawyers looking to block the law asking a federal judge in Sacramento to put the California case on hold for now.

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Facebook Fined Maximum Legal Amount For Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook has been fined $645,000 (US dollars) by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which affected over 80 million users.

Given Facebook’s profits, the company probably can pay the fine out of their petty cash account. In other words, a fine of $645,000 is trivial for Facebook.

You can read more about this fine at https://tinyurl.com/ydhkyen3.