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Technology Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection

23:25  02 december  2019
23:25  02 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. Regulators are hoping to determine whether Facebook places restrictions on data use by third-party companies in exchange for access to APIs for its core platform

WASHINGTON — Facebook said on Monday that it faced an expansion of federal investigations into its sharing of user data with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, with more government agencies inquiring about the matter and examining the social network’s statements about the episode.

Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. The European Commission has Facebook in its sights too.

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The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.

Regulators are hoping to determine whether Facebook places restrictions on data use by third-party companies in exchange for access to APIs for its core platform and Instagram. They're attempting to find out if Facebook hampers access to data and if so, why. Engadget has contacted the company for comment.

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  Here's what you need to know about Facebook's controversial Libra cryptocurrency The project has run into headwinds."As I have examined Facebook's various problems," California Rep. Maxine Waters told Zuckerberg as she opened a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. "I have come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial for all if Facebook concentrates on addressing its many existing deficiencies and failures before proceeding any further on the Libra project.

The European commission is launching a new investigation into Google, examining the company’s data collection practices, according to a report from Foo Yun Chee, reporting for Reuters, said the questionnaires for the latest investigation showed that the EU ’s focus was on “ data related to local

Facebook ’s international HQ is in Ireland so the regulator in play here is the Irish Data Protection Commission. The ICO noted the action in a 113-page report to parliament yesterday giving an update on its long-running investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns — writing

EU officials are said to be concerned over the vast troves of data major tech companies store and whether they use such information to hamper competitors. Last month, it emerged EU regulators are looking into Facebook's Marketplace service related to how the classified ads market has changed over the last few years and the commercial links between the company and its rivals.

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The bizarre tale of Bertha Boronda, the Bay Area's Lorena Bobbitt .
The screams came from next door, at first. A few moments later, just after midnight on May 30, 1907, firemen lounging in their San Jose firehouse were jolted by a ghastly sight: Frank Boronda, a fellow firefighter, standing in the doorway, screaming uncontrollably. Boronda lived next door, and his convenient commute turned into a crucial source of medical attention that night. He was covered in blood, and the firemen soon discovered why. HisThe mugshot of Bertha Boronda after she was convicted in 1908 of "mayhem" against her husband Frank. She was sentenced to 5 years in San Quentin, which then still had a women's prison.

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