3 fresh probes over privacy violation hit Facebook

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The company also said that it had 500 million daily active users for its Status feature in the Facebook and Messenger apps combined. In addition, apps will also be restricted from asking for data that doesn't directly improve the in-app user experience.

More than 1,700 northerners are affected by what Canada's privacy commissioner is calling a "major breach of trust" involving Facebook and the 2016 USA presidential election.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's analysts find Facebook stock "compelling" due to its attractive valuation and advertisers and users' apparent disregard for the negative publicity around he company's data privacy and regulation.

"There is no proof that Canadians' data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, and we've made dramatic improvements into our platform to protect people's private information", Taylor stated.

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Daniel Therrien's findings were the result of an investigation into the California tech company's role in a worldwide data scandal involving the now-defunct British consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The company provided a statement to CBC saying it's "disappointed" that the commissioner considers the issues unresolved.

The privacy commissioner's office recommended the company allow for an audit of its privacy policies and practices over the next five years, and ensure it obtains "meaningful consent" from users installing third-party apps. The format has sometimes been a way for groups to gather personal data from unsuspecting Facebook users. That company accessed the data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their consent. "But I doubt the FTC thinks they have the legal capacity to enjoin Facebook from doing that", says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy for Consumer Reports.

It may lead to an order for Facebook and fines to revamp its privacy practices, In case the program to Federal Court is successful, Therrien stated. Republicans have generally opposed an expansion of federal authority, but in the wake of the Facebook and other privacy scandals some have taken a more open view.

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It has always been an article of faith among privacy watchers that Canada features better privacy protection than the United States.

McEvoy, B.C.'s privacy commissioner, said Facebook has often expressed a commitment to protecting personal information, but when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions, "they demonstrate disregard". In March past year, the AG also targeted Facebook over the report of misuse of user data with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook did not implement the recommendations from 2009, which the commissioner's office says could have mitigated unauthorized use to Canadian's personal information.

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