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Facebook Settles Lawsuit Over Its Use of Facial Recognition for $550 Million

After years of wrangling in courts, Facebook finally has settled a lawsuit over its privacy-invasive use of facial recognition. Last year it agreed to stop turning on the tech to scan photos by default, which built a template of your facial data, and automatically suggested tags in photos based on it. Details may be found in an article by Richard Lawler in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/facebook-photo-tagging-facial-recognition. In other […]

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Apple Privacy Officer says that ‘Building Back Doors’ to Access iPhone Data Won’t Help Solve Crimes

Several governments, including the U.S., are pressuring Apple and other manufacturers to add “back doors” to all products that offer encryption. The latest example is a demand on Monday of this week when the FBI sent a letter to Apple requesting assistance to extract data from password-protected iPhones used by a suspected mass shooter. You can read more about that “demand” in an article by Kif Leswing published in the […]

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Brazil Fines Facebook $1.6 Million for Improper Sharing of User Data

According to an article in the Reuters news agency: “Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million U.S.) for improperly sharing user data. “The ministry’s department of consumer protection said it had found that data from 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to developers of an App called ‘thisisyourdigitallife.’ The data was being shared for ‘questionable’ purposes, the […]

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