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Apple and Facebook have been told current privacy practices are “untenable” by the US Federal Trade Commissioner during a debate on the issue. Speaking during a panel at CES in Las Vegas which featured executives from the two firms, they and the wider technology industry were urged to take more responsibility on the issue.
The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has leveled a $1.6 million fine on Facebook, after finding that data from almost half a million app users was shared with developers of “thisisyourdigitallife.”
Data harvested by “thisisyourdigitallife” in the form of a voluntary user personality test was shared with Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm charged with influencing the 2016 US presidential election. Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a unanimous ruling that the now-defunct company had used ‘false and deceptive tactics’ to harvest user information, which was then used to train algorithms for targeted political advertising.
The party used the platform to target older voters with simple messaging about Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn. The Conservative Party spent more than any other party on Facebook and Instagram adverts in the run-up to last week’s General Election, analysis by the PA news agency has found.
The NSPCC has warned Facebook that it risks becoming a “one-stop grooming shop” if it presses ahead with plans to encrypt across all its messaging services. Facebook is considering end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct – on top of WhatsApp, which is already encrypted – but there has been a deep concern that the move could prevent child abusers from being caught.
Facebook has said around 100 app developers may have been able to obtain user data from groups on the social network, despite making changes to what third parties can see following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The firm has admitted some retained access to information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group activity.