Facebook Is Trying to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users From Stricter Privacy Regulations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a strict set of laws governing what data tech companies can collect on users, requiring them to seek explicit opt-in consent before doing so, and promptly disclose breaches, goes into effect on May 25th, 2018. Currently, the GDPR would require Facebook to apply these changes to 1.9 billion users. Read More >>

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Shady-Ass Cambridge Analytica Was Reportedly Developing a Shady-Ass Cryptocoin

Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced data firm that guided the Trump campaign’s digital strategy and sparked Facebook’s latest troubles, reportedly wanted to branch out into shadier business: digital currencies. According to a former Cambridge employee, the planned token was aimed at giving people more control over their personal data. Read More >>

The Giant List of Things Mark Zuckerberg Swears He’ll Get Back to the US Congress on

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat for 10 hours of questioning before US House and Senate committees this week. Most of his answers were versions of those already found in official Facebook statements. But when he received a tough question, rather than answer on the spot, he vowed to get to the bottom of it. We’ve made a simple worksheet to help him remember all the points his team needs to follow up on. Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg Says His Data Was Sold to Third Parties, Too

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo just asked Mark Zuckerberg a really great question. Was Zuck’s own personal data sold to third parties like Cambridge Analytica? The one word answer: Yes. Read More >>

How to Watch Day 2 of Mark Zuckerberg’s Capitol Hill Apology Tour on YouTube or Facebook

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg answered questions at the US Senate for over five hours about Facebook’s role in protecting user privacy. Today he faces the US House and if you’re looking for a livestream, we’ve got you covered. Read More >>

Did the US Congress Give Big Boy Mark Zuckerberg a Booster Seat for His Special Day?

America’s soft and sweaty boy, Mark Zuckerberg, is steeling himself to be imminently grilled before Congress. And in preparation, it appears the thoughtful legislators of this hallowed body have provisioned seating befitting the station of Silicon Valley’s milkiest son. Read More >>

Just 53 People Used the App That Let Cambridge Analytica Swipe Data From Up to 311,127 Australians

The vast majority of Facebook user data that was harvested by Cambridge Analytica came from Americans. But smaller countries are actually better at demonstrating just how big the problem got. Access to just 53 users in Australia reportedly allowed data firms to potentially capture information on over 310,000 people. Read More >>

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s US Senate Testimony Live on YouTube, Facebook, and VR

Mark Zuckerberg is on the hot seat today. The billionaire CEO of Facebook will testify on America's Capitol Hill about the privacy scandals that have rocked his company, including the theft of data from over 87 million Facebook users by the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. Read More >>

Cambridge Analytica is Trying to Distance itself from Facebook Data Sharing Accusations

As bad as things may seem for Facebook in the wake of the data sharing scandal, things are even worse for Cambridge Analytica. The political consulting firm has been accused of accessing and exploiting Facebook data without users' consent, amongst other things. The company isn't all too happy about all the negative press, so it's trying to distance itself from the accusations levelled at it. Read More >>

Facebook’s Largest Black Lives Matter Page Was Allegedly an Australian Scam

What appeared to be the biggest “Black Lives Matter” page on Facebook was actually “a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia,” CNN Tech reported on Monday, and it managed to raise over £70,000 while sending some of that money to Australian bank accounts. Read More >>

Facebook Boots Yet Another Company’s Account for Extensive Ties to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has booted AggregateIQ, the Canadian election consulting firm that built data tools for sketchy election firm Cambridge Analytica, this week on the grounds that it may have received some of the extensive data on 87 million Facebook users the latter company received through a partnership with an app. Read More >>

Facebook’s New Privacy Message Will Tell You If Cambridge Analytica Hoovered Up Any of Your Data

According to Facebook around 87 million people were caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the political consultation firm exploit user data without being fully transparent about what it was doing. For the past few weeks people have been in a limbo-state about whether they were personally affected by the breach, but as of noon today Facebook's finally going to start informing people. Read More >>

Facebook Admits Mark Zuckerberg and Top Execs Have Deleted Their Sent Messages Remotely

Have you ever sent an email or text that you wish you could take back and delete forever? That’s not possible on the open web. But we now know that Mark Zuckerberg has the power to reach into every single Facebook inbox and delete messages that he’s sent. Zuck and other executives at Facebook have reportedly used that power multiple times. Read More >>

Facebook Just Made a Shocking Admission, and We’re All Too Exhausted to Notice

Since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal first broke last month, Facebook has tried out a number of PR strategies to address the growing outcry. At this point, the social media company is just going for broke, telling the public it should just assume that “most” of the 2.2 billion Facebook users have probably had their public data scraped by “malicious actors.” That’s huge news. But it doesn’t feel huge—if you managed to pick up that detail at all. Read More >>