FTC Facebook privacy investigation may target Mark Zuckerberg

Two sources speaking with The Post said the FTC was considering whether to “seek new, heightened oversight” of Zuckerberg’s leadership. The Post previously reported that the FTC might be seeking a multibillion-dollar fine for the social network as well.

…The investigation is looking into whether Facebook violated the terms of a 2011 settlement with the FTC, specifically something called the “consent decree,” which essentially made Facebook responsible for being transparent with users about how their data was being used on the platform — with future violations punishable by huge fines.

…The report comes in the wake of recent revelations discovered by Business Insider that Facebook collected the email contact lists of 1.5 million new users without their knowledge or permission.

…Facebook could be violating a variety of regulations, including the FTC consent decree; the European Union privacy law known as GDPR; and perhaps even the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a US criminal statute involving computer fraud and abuse.

FTC Facebook privacy investigation may target Mark Zuckerberg: report – Business Insider

“A now-discontinued email-verification system that Facebook used with new users caused the tech giant to inadvertently collect email contact information from 1.5 million new users.”

Inadvertent, my ass.  Programs are written by humans, not by accident.


Facebook Drops A Bomb On Mueller Day, Tucks It Away In An Update To An Old Blog Post

Facebook admitted Thursday night in an updated post from March that the company collected millions of additional users’ Instagram passwords.

…The update was connected to a March 21 blog post that disclosed how hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ passwords had been stored unencrypted on the firm’s servers.

…“Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,”

…Zuckerberg and other executives used privacy data as leverage over competitors, media reports show. In one case, Facebook allegedly gave Amazon premium access to data for its new smartphone, but phased out access for a messaging application that threatened a similar app Facebook managed.

Facebook Drops A Bomb On Mueller Day, Tucks It Away In An Update To An Old Blog Post | The Daily Caller


Motel 6 will pay $12 million to Washington State after several locations gave their guest lists to ICE

Between 2015 and 2017, seven Motel 6 locations in the state shared approximately 80,000 guests’ personal information with ICE without requiring a warrant.

…The guest lists contained private information of all guests at the hotel, violating their expectation of privacy.

The hotel chain’s disclosures “resulted in ICE’s targeted investigation of many guests with Latino-sounding names,” the statement said. 

Motel 6 will pay $12 million after several locations gave their guest lists to ICE – CNN


Report: Amazon employs thousands to listen to Alexa conversations

Amazon reportedly employs thousands of full-time workers and contractors in several countries, including the United States, Costa Rica and Romania, to listen to as many as 1,000 audio clips in shifts that last up to nine hours. The audio clips they listen to were described as “mundane” and even sometimes “possibly criminal,” including listening to a potential sexual assault.

…The report said Amazon doesn’t “explicitly” tell Alexa users that it employs people to listen to the recordings. 

Report: Amazon employs thousands to listen to Alexa conversations


Julian Assange arrested in UK, charged by US over leaked govt secrets

via Julian Assange arrested in UK, charged by US over leaked govt secrets – Business Insider

Assange had the opportunity to be a hero, shining the bright light of justice onto dark secrets and promoting justice. Instead, perhaps drunk with his own power, he became a reactionary and destructive force with no apparent goals other than raising his own profile and power.

Whistleblowers? Yes, we need those to keep our government honest. Power hungry, spiteful demagogues? Those we could do without.