When you’re on the move, exploring various sites — maybe for research reasons, maybe just for fun — you’re often offered the chance to log in via your Facebook account, rather than creating a whole new account with a site you may never visit again. Sounds simple enough, right? But as with most things that seem too good to be true, there are hidden dangers that may make this convenience more trouble than it’s worth, allowing applications creepy access.
Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
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.
On April 15, HasOffers and Kontagent had to deal with more than just paying taxes: They were forced to drop support for Facebook mobile ad tracking due to violations of policy for retaining too much user data. This was a surprise to many in the industry when it was first announced, because Facebook depends on its mobile measurement partners to help measure the effectiveness of its mobile ads. Advertisers rely on these mobile tracking solutions because they offer cross-platform products that support Google, Apple iAds, and Millennial Media, as well as Facebook.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.