California announces probe of Facebook privacy practices

The social network is under fire in the US state for giving third parties data access and not disclosing its practices. The attorney general of California – the most populous state in the United States – says he has been investigating Facebook privacy practices since 2018. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offered few details about the probe and said he was disclosing it only because his office was making a public court filing to force Facebook to answer subpoenas, to which he said Facebook had thus far failed to respond…

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Privacy concerns with Echo Dot Kids Edition

Echo Dot Kids Edition has been on the market for about a year. In March, commonsensemedia.org expressed protective measures parents might consider In May, several lawmakers appealed to the Federal Trade Commission to delve into whether the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition breaches the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted in 1998, which is a law dealing with how websites, apps and other online operators collect data and personal information from users younger than 13. According to nextgov.com May 9, a group of concerned senators conveyed ”… that while COPPA…

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Did Facebook’s CEO know about ‘problematic’ privacy practices?

Wall Street Journal: Facebook found emails that show its CEO was aware of privacy practices now under investigation. Facebook Inc. uncovered emails that seem to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was aware of potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The social media giant discovered the emails in the process of responding to a federal privacy investigation, the Journal reported, raising concerns that it would be harmful to the company if they became public. The potential impact of…

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