Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group have been a thorn in Facebook’s side since challenging the social network’s privacy policies in 2011, and they are now going after bigger game: Safe Harbor, the agreement between the U.S. and the European Union that gives more than 3,000 U.S. companies — including Facebook, Google and Apple – the ability to capture personal data from European users.
Facebook hosted Security @Scale 2014 at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Oct. 29, and production engineer Fernanda Weiden recapped the proceedings in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, which also included videos of the event’s presentations.
A quiet entry into the area of photo tagging was made over the weekend by none other than Microsoft, as VentureBeat discovered new Windows 8.1 application AutoTag ‘n Search My Photos, which is not available via the Microsoft Research downloads page, or via the Windows Store.
As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Facebook security infrastructure engineer Benjamin Strahs spoke on a panel organized by Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C., last week, along with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Google and Microsoft.
Facebook took a major step toward achieving its goals of making sure its users see advertising that is relevant to them — no matter which devices they are using, and even when they are not on the social network itself — and of allowing advertisers to be a part of the process both online and offline. The social network Monday officially introduced Atlas at Advertising Week 2014 in New York, confirming reports earlier this month by The Wall Street Journal and Ad Age.
After Ad Age broke the news last week that Facebook was revamping Atlas, formerly Atlas Solutions, the ad network Facebook acquired from Microsoft in February 2013, The Wall Street Journal uncovered more details Monday, speculating that an official announcement will come during Advertising Week 2014 in New York next week.
Atlas, formerly Atlas Solutions, the ad network Facebook acquired from Microsoft in February 2013, is undergoing a revamp, and advertising holding company Omnicom – parent of agencies Omnicom Media Group, BBDO and TBWA Worldwide – is on board as the first customer, Ad Age reported.
Anouska Ruane, director of corporate communications, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for Disney, joined Facebook, where she will lead corporate communications across the U.K. and Ireland, PRWeek reported.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, had some strong words for Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and FWD.us, the immigration-centric political-action committee spearheaded by Zuckerberg, in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night, published by National Review.