A US federal judge in California ruled Monday that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations it violated users' privacy by using a facial recognition tool on their photos without their explicit consent. Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool, (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) The ruling comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users -- a function which the plaintiffs claim runs afoul of Illinois state law on protecting biometric privacy. Judge James Donato ruled the claims by Illinois residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and Carlo Licata were "sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis. "Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of Facebook users located in Illinois … [Read more...] about Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool
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Facebook is making bank on user data Experian also shows that Facebook’s leaked data is also offered in black markets with the price of $1 for a Social Security Number, $20 for a driving license, $100-400 for degrees and certificates, $1,000-2,000 for passports, and $1-1,000 for personal health information. Facebook’s algorithms can draw up an accurate picture of billions of people’s hobbies and consumption habits. This also helps Facebook attract a huge number of businesses to advertise on the platform. With an average of 68 “likes” per user, Facebook can easily tell users’ political orientations and hobbies, and 150 “likes” are apparently enough for Facebook to understand users’ personality better than their parents. Furthermore, with over 300 “likes,” Facebook knows users better than their partners, according to the investigation of US-based Vice Media LLC, a company specialised in digital media and … [Read more...] about Facebook corners global advertising by selling user data?
With almost 70 percent of its population on Facebook, Vietnam was the ninth most heavily hit country by the social network's security breach scandal, which involved the personal data of 87 million users worldwide being leaked. A survey released by Facebook on Wednesday showed the personal data of 427,446 users in Vietnam had been leaked. As of July 2017, more than 64 million out of 92 million Vietnamese people were using the social media network. The U.S. stands top of the countries hit hardest, followed by the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.K. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users worldwide may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, said on Facebook’s newsroom site on Wednesday that starting on Monday, Facebook will show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can … [Read more...] about Facebook data leak hits half a million users in Vietnam
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call with reporters that Facebook had not seen “any meaningful impact” on usage or ad sales since the scandal, although he added, “it’s not good” if people are unhappy with the company. Shares rose more than 3 percent after the bell. Zuckerberg told reporters that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded. “When you’re building something like Facebook that is unprecedented in the world, there are going to be things that you mess up,” Zuckerberg said, adding that the important thing was to learn from … [Read more...] about Facebook says data leak hits 87 million users, widening privacy scandal
Leonardo Bonucci scored on his return to Juventus but could not stop the Italian champions' march towards a seventh straight title with a 3-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday (Mar 31). Napoli's Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik (R) fights for the ball with Sassuolo's defender Francesco Acerbi during the Italian Serie A football match Sassuolo vs Napoli at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia on Mar 31, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Tiziana Fabi) Paulo Dybala opened the scoring after eight minutes with Juan Cuadrado marking his comeback from injury with the second and Sami Khedira adding a third late on as Juventus moved four points clear of Napoli whose hopes were hit by a 1-1 draw at strugglers Sassuolo. Defender Bonucci, 30, left Turin last summer for Milan after falling out with coach Massimiliano Allegri and was jeered by the hostile crowd in the Allianz Statium. "I'm happy for Bonucci that he got a goal, but I'm even happier that Juventus won," said Allegri. "It was important to get back to … [Read more...] about Juventus pull clear as Napoli’s title dreams hit