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Facebook Gets Maximum UK Penalty for Cambridge Analytica Data Breach

U.K. authorities have hit Facebook with the highest possible punishment for its Cambridge Analytica data breach, ordering the social media empire to pay £500,000 ($645,000). The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the country’s privacy watchdog, said Facebook is responsible for “serious breaches of data protection” that allowed the personal data of more than 87 million Facebook users to fall into the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a data harvester with links to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and other right-wing extremists. “A company of its size and expertise should have known better and it should have done better,” said information commissioner ... Read More

Former Facebook content moderator alleges job caused her PTSD

A content moderator for Facebook says she was traumatized by the graphic violent images she was required to review and is suing the social media platform alleging the company didn’t do enough to protect her from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she claims suffered as a result. Selena Scola filed the lawsuit in California state court in San Mateo County seeking class-action status. She claims Facebook failed to provide a safe workplace, instead exposing content moderators to traumatizing content from its users. She claims that Facebook has work safety standards to protect employees like her charged with removing graphic content from the platform, ... Read More

Facebook Security Breach Affects 50 Million Accounts

Approximately 50 million Facebook accounts were hijacked by hackers through a vulnerability in the social media app’s “View As” feature, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday, Sept. 28. “On Tuesday, we discovered that an attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people’s accounts on Facebook,” Mr. Zuckerberg said in a Sept. 27 Facebook post. “This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted ‘View As,'” said Guy Rosen, ... Read More

Facebook Opened User Data To Chinese Firm Tagged As Potential National Security Threat

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal made headlines around the world after it was revealed that the data of 87 Facebook users was sold and used for dubious political purposes. However, recent reports of the social media giant’s agreements with other corporations suggest that the Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn’t an outlier. Facebook has data-sharing agreements with at least 60 electronics manufacturers, including Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung. But it’s the company ties to at least four Chinese manufacturers that are the most concerning. Facebook admitted on June 5 that it allowed Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company closely connected to China’s communist government, to ... Read More

Facebook Bars 200 Apps For Data Security Threats

Facing investigations on both sides of the Atlantic for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook said it is barring about 200 third-party apps to resolve data security problems. The move is part of Facebook’s broader efforts to better protect the personal data of its users and mop up its image after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica acquired data harvested by a Facebook quiz called “This is Your Digital Life,” which asked users to provide personal details about themselves. The social media giant estimated that the Cambridge Analytica debacle exposed the personal data of about 87 million Facebook ... Read More

Did Your Facebook Data Outlive Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica may be dead, but the data it acquired from millions of Facebook users probably lives on, somewhere, in some form. An estimated 87 million or more Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based political consultancy firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which used the scraped data to steer votes, potentially influencing the 2016 U.S. elections and the Brexit vote. Although Cambridge Analytica shut down amid the scandal and claims it deleted all of the Facebook user data, there is plenty of evidence indicating that derivatives of the Facebook data continue to exist ... Read More

Mother Leads Grassroots Fight for Early Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide. It is most often not diagnosed until it has advanced to late stages. Its symptoms are vague and not always gynecological, so many women spend months either ignoring symptoms or seeing specialists who are unlikely to do pelvic exams and find themselves being treated for irritable bowel syndrome or urinary tract infections. This is one of the reasons that the disease has such a high mortality rate. Detection at its earliest stage will offer the ... Read More

Tech exec’s death underscores dangers of treadmills

The accidental death of Silicon Valley tech executive David Goldberg on May 1 has turned a spotlight on the potential dangers of treadmills, especially in an era of smartphones and other high-tech distractions. Mr. Goldberg, 47, was an entrepreneur and husband of facebook billionaire Sheryl Sandberg. He was found on a treadmill in a Mexican resort near Puerto Vallarta after he had apparently fallen and hit his head while using the machine. Although exact details of what happened remain unclear, it is known that Mr. Goldberg died of severe brain trauma and loss of blood, likely after slipping on the ... Read More

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the video, the former linebacker and team captain dumped a Gatorade bucket full of ice water over his own head and challenged the Titans organization, the Penn State football team, coach James Franklin, and his community in Clarenceville, Mich., to do the same. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against the disease,” said the 30-year-old ... Read More

BP accused of hiring PR firm to bully, threaten facebook critics

A woman who made comments on BP America’s Facebook page critical of the company’s handing of its 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill says she now fears for her personal safety after the oil giant hired an international public relations firm to allegedly “troll” her and other critics by bullying them, making malicious accusations, and even physically threatening them with violence. BP hired the PR firm Ogilvy & Mather to run all of its social media campaigns, including its Facebook page, and help rehabilitate its image and reputation after its Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 workers and unleashed about 5 million ... Read More