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Claims that a leak of the user data of 533 million Facebook users has just taken place is a bit of a stretch. A major part of this data has been out on the Web for a long time.
If the initial reaction to Facebook's sudden decision to cut Australians off from the site on Thursday was idiotic, it became even more ludicrous on Friday, with reactions from politicians and the media competing to be dubbed the silliest of the lot.
Much in the same way the myth that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 US presidential election was shown to be just that after a probe by former FBI chief Robert Mueller, the great Cambridge Analytica scandal appears to have also lost all its air like a deflated balloon.
The Australian Information Commissioner has been given the green light by the Federal Court to sue Facebook Inc (the US company) and Facebook Ireland for allegedly violating the privacy of Australians in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Personal information of Facebook users in Australia was disclosed to the This Is Your Digital Life app for a different purpose to that which it was collected, a breach of the Privacy Act 1988, the Australian Information Commissioner has alleged in a case filed against the social media giant in the Australian Federal Court.
In a 3-2 decision, FTC Commissioners voted to impose a fine of approximately US$5 billion on Facebook for a variety of privacy issues.
The US Government must hold Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg accountable for all the problems that the social media site has visited upon its users, Chris Hughes, a co-founder of the company, says in an op-ed, in which he also called for the company to be broken up.
British fact-checking charity Full Fact has been chosen by Facebook to reduce the flow of misinformation on the social media site, and will start checking images, videos and articles from this month onwards.
The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents from the founder of an American software company, using a rare mechanism to compel the handover of the documents during a business trip to London by the founder of Six4Three.
Undeterred by its recent travails, social media giant Facebook has started asking large American banks to share detailed information about their customers in order that it can offer new services to its two billion-plus users.
A British Government panel has recommended that technology companies should be made responsible and liable for the spread of disinformation and "fake news".
A top analyst and research firm says with data privacy controversies continuing to emerge, companies must "do more to reassure customers with clearer expectations about how their data is used".
Expectations that Facebook would be hit with anything remotely resembling meaningful fines over the Cambridge Analytica scandal have been dashed, with Britain's Information Commissioner’s Office levying a £500,000 penalty on the company.
A complaint made to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner over Facebook's provision of Australian users' details to now defunct analytics firm Cambridge Analytica could mean a big payout if it succeeds.
Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that was recently embroiled in a scandal over obtaining data from Facebook, has shut down its operations.
Facebook does not appear to have changed its attitude to user privacy in any way despite all its recent troubles, with the company having decided to avoid providing the protections afforded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation to nearly 70% of its registered users worldwide.
The Australian Greens have called on the Coalition Government to update privacy protections to stay in line with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation that is scheduled to take effect on 25 May.
The way in which the decision by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to launch a probe into the leakage of personal information of Australians by Facebook is being reported is laughable.
Personal details of 311,027 Australians are among the data of a total of 87 million users of Facebook that leaked to the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica in 2016, the social media giant says.
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