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.
Most mobile applications include social logins, and Facebook Login is the most-used one by a healthy margin. At its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, the social network introduced a new Anonymous Login feature for developers to include in their apps, as well as a new version of its standard Login, and a redesigned app control panel.
As previously speculated, the Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, stressing that WhatsApp must honor its commitment to maintain its pre-Facebook privacy practices.
Calling someone a jerk is rude to start off with, but launching a since-shuttered website that collected personal information from Facebook users was definitely a jerk move in the eyes of the Federal Trade Commission, as CNET reported that the FTC filed a complaint against Jerk.com Monday.
The results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the survey size was only 1,003 people, but a poll conducted by Reason-Rupe found that respondents trusted Facebook with their personal information far less than they trusted the IRS, the National Security Agency, or Google.
Are Facebook’s private messages really private? Not so much, according to a lawsuit that accuses the social network of scanning the content of private messages and sharing information about users’ Web activities with advertisers and marketers, Bloomberg reported.
The National Security Agency is still dealing with the fallout from its Prism long-term Internet spying initiative, and the Internal Revenue Service will never win any popularity contests, but according to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, respondents trusted the NSA and the IRS more than Facebook and Google.