Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law

Company moves responsibility for users from Ireland to the US where privacy laws are less strict

Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally.

In a tweak to its terms and conditions, Facebook is shifting the responsibility for all users outside the US, Canada and the EU from its international HQ in Ireland to its main offices in California. It means that those users will now be on a site governed by US law rather than Irish law.

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Amazon Prime passes 100m subscribers mark

Service that bundles fast delivery with video and music streaming edges closer to Netflix’s 125 million subscribers

Amazon has revealed that it has more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime service, which bundles free shipping with video and music streaming services and other perks to keep shoppers locked into its brand.

Jeff Bezos, its chief executive, revealed the subscription numbers in his annual letter to shareholders. The service, which costs users £79 in the UK or $99 in the US a year, was first launched 13 years ago as a way of fostering customer loyalty.

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Playboy model wins right to tell story of alleged Trump affair

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Karen McDougal says she began a relationship with future president in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron The former Playboy model Karen McDougal has reached an agreement on Wednesday with tabloid publisher American Media Läs mer…

Tech firms including Facebook sign up to ‘digital Geneva convention’

Signatories including Microsoft, Arm and Trend Micro agree not to take part in cyber-attacks

More than 30 global technology firms have signed up to a “digital Geneva convention”, committing never to partake in cyber-attacks against individuals or businesses.

The signatories to the “cybersecurity tech accord”, which include Facebook, Microsoft, Arm and Trend Micro, are largely from the US and western Europe, and do not include any companies from the countries perceived to be most responsible for the recent flaring up of digital hostilities, such as Russia, North Korea and Iran.

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Facebook to start asking permission for facial recognition in GDPR push

Users will be asked to review information about targeted advertising but some say opting out is deliberately difficult

Facebook has started to seek explicit consent from users for targeted advertising, storage of sensitive information, and – for the first time in the EU – application of facial recognition technology as the European general data protection regulation is due to come into force in just over a month.

Although the company is only required to seek the new permissions in the European Union, it plans to roll them out to every Facebook user, no matter where they live. That follows chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s stated goal to apply the “spirit” of GDPR to worldwide.

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Fox News gives Sean Hannity ‘full support’ over Michael Cohen revelation

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Fox star defended Trump lawyer without disclosing his own ties Network says it was unaware of Hannity’s relationship with Cohen Fox News gave Sean Hannity its “full support” on Tuesday, a day after the revelation that he was a client Läs mer…

Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in battle against Telegram app

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Edward Snowden voices support for founder as authorities try to shut down messaging service Russia’s internet watchdog has blocked an estimated 16m IP addresses in a massive operation against the banned Telegram messaging app that could set a new precedent Läs mer…

The Guardian view on Facebook’s business: a danger to democracy | Editorial

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The conceit of data mining firms is that they could win elections by moulding electorates based on new identities and value systems – a process accelerated by the echo chamber of social media Facebook sees itself as a commercial firm, Läs mer…

Daphne Caruana Galizia: ‘Malta has made me a scapegoat’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Journalist details decades of harassment in recording made days before her murder Less than a week before her murder, Daphne Caruana Galizia talked about her life and what it had become. In a remarkable and previously unheard recording, the journalist Läs mer…

Mastermind behind Maltese journalist’s murder is being protected, says husband

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Political interests blocking inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia killing, widower claims The family of the murdered anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia believe that three men awaiting trial for the crime were acting on orders from inside Malta, and have expressed Läs mer…

Number of Facebook users whose data was compromised ‘far more than 87m’, MPs told

Former Cambridge Analytica employee gives evidence before parliamentary committee

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality quizzes designed to extract personal data from the social network, of which Aleksandr Kogan’s This Is Your Digital Life app was just one example.

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Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Statement comes as company faces US lawsuit over facial recognition feature launched in 2011 and planned to expand to EU

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to answer questions about the process from US politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California.

In a blog post, Facebook product management director David Baser wrote that the company tracks users and non-users across websites and apps for three main reasons: providing services directly, securing the company’s own site, and “improving our products and services”.

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I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn’t have trusted Mark Zuckerberg

I remember when, at Harvard, my friends and I heard about a new website that promised to enhance our lives. Fourteen years later I see how wrong we were

Fourteen years, two months, and eight days ago, I made a mistake. Like a lot of mistakes made at the age of 20 inside a college dorm room, it involved trusting a man I shouldn’t have, and it still affects me to this day.

No, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t give me herpes. But in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, I have been thinking back to my decision to sign up for thefacebook.com on the site’s fifth day in existence, and I am struck by the parallels between Zuckerberg’s creation and a pesky (if generally benign) virus. Facebook isn’t going to kill me, but it has wormed its way into all of my relationships, caused me to infect other people, and I will never, ever be fully rid of it.

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Twitter handles are big business, even if the owner doesn’t want to sell

The perfect @ identity is a must-have accessory for big companies and brand-conscious celebrities – at any cost

Everything has a price, even the top Twitter handles, and if somebody does not want to sell then they may be forced to relinquish their account.

“We have a marketplace which allows the sale of Twitter handles,” says Philly, a subversive marketer who founded ForumKorner, an online gaming forum. “Unlike some websites, however, we do not allow the sales of stolen accounts that some people phish, or hack, to obtain before reselling them.”

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer prize as Weinstein reporting also honoured

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian New York Times and New Yorker share public service prize Rapper becomes first non-classical or jazz musician to win award The most famous names of American journalism were honoured on Monday with Pulitzer prizes for investigating Donald Trump and exposing Läs mer…