Confirming last week’s predictions, the European Commission, the central antirust authority of the European Union, approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp, which was originally announced in February.
Facebook finally began officially addressing concerns about the permissions and privacy settings in its Messenger applications, with some mobile users seeing posts atop their News Feeds titled, “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts,” containing a “Learn More” button that brings users to a post by Peter Martinazzi, a product manager on the Messenger team.
Why the mistrust? Yet another survey – this one of 4,000 U.S. adults, conducted by MyLife– found that respondents believe Facebook is less trustworthy with their personal information than the government (hello, does anyone remember the National Security Agency and Prism?), LinkedIn or Google.
The class-action suit filed against Facebook in Vienna, Austria, by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group is still alive despite its rejection by the commercial court in the city, as the regional court completed its “a limine” review and ordered Facebook Ireland to respond within four weeks.
Facebook is facing another privacy-related lawsuit from Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, but this time, the class-action suit will be heard on the group’s home turf in Austria, rather than in Ireland, where Facebook’s European operations are based.
The amount of user data available to brands on Facebook is staggering, but how can they make sense out of all the information and ensure that their campaigns are targeting the users who are most likely to be interested in their products and services? That’s where Umbel comes in.
Officials from the European Union’s central competition authority, the European Commission, sent detailed questionnaires to rival online messaging companies as part of the EC’s pending investigation of Facebook’s $19 billion deal to acquire WhatsApp, which was initially announced in February.
Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Federal Wiretap Charges Vs. Facebook, Zynga Dismissed, But Facebook Still Faces Breach-Of-Contract Claims
It was a mixed bag for Facebook at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday, as Reuters reported that federal wiretap claims against the social network and game developer Zynga were dismissed, but breach-of-contract claims under California state law were revived.