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 and other social networks did not fare well in a new study on public perceptions of privacy from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, as 81 percent of respondents said they felt “not very” or “not at all secure” using social media sites when sharing private information with other trusted people or organizations.
What role did social networks such as Facebook and Twitter play in discussions about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and government surveillance? Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sought to find out by conducting a survey of 1,801 adults.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2014 Who Has Your Back? report, detailing Internet companies’ efforts to protect their users from government requests, and Facebook was one of a handful of companies to receive stars in all six criteria.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and five other technology executives met with President Barack Obama at the White House last Friday to discuss the National Security Agency and government surveillance, but the meeting apparently did not adequately address Zuckerberg’s concerns, based on a statement released by the social network.
Facebook emphatically denied allegations in a story in The Guardian asserting that the social network and other Internet companies “were fully aware” of the National Security Agency’s data collection as part of its Prism initiative.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan hosted reporters at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, where he detailed how the social network is maintaining and fine-tuning its security protocols in the wake of the continuing controversy about government surveillance.