05.06.2019 Russian authorities Demand Tinder to Share User Data

The Tinder – a famous worldwide dating app – is now required to share its user data with Russian authorities, according to certain Russian media such as INTERFAX.

From 2016, Russian legislation requires social media to store user data on servers located in Russia and exchange such information with the authorities. Russian data protection watchdog has already banned the Telegram after its owners refused to provide the user data on demand.

Russian media reported that the Tinder is now required to supply Russian users’ private messages and materials to the Russian security authorities.

Notably, Russia has already added the Tinder to its official register of companies compliant with the said data supply requirements.

03.06.2019 BlackBerry messenger is no more

BlackBerry’s messenger has been officially shut down from 31 May following a recent announcement earlier this year.

The messenger was one of the first messaging apps that had been known for its security. However, such a strong selling point was melted by the progress in data protection technologies and legislation.

01.06.2019 Shutdown of BlackBerry messenger has been announced

Blackberry announced that a consumer version of the app has come to its end.

Users have at least a week to save their photos, videos, files and other digital materials stored in the app. It does not cover contacts, stickers and feeds though. Consumers will be entitled to refunds for stickers but not for BBMojis.

BBM suggested its users to check out BBM Enterprise as a replacement on iOS and Android. The app has a free version for the first year. Any further half-year subscription will cost $2.49.

09.02.2019 Scandal around Facebook's data leaks continue to grow

Facebook is being recently under pressure for a number of user data leaks.

This week, German antitrust watchdog required the platform to stop pooling user data from the German Facebook’s accounts with information it process about such users from other websites unless they have given their informative approval.

The order relates also to other Facebook's apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

26.01.2019 Facebook is planning to consolidate WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messaging system

Facebook considers a technical possibility to send messages between the three services. However, the company wants to keep the brands separate.

Facebook plans to enable for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram users to exchange messages without switching from one application to another.

The apps will remain separate as a brand, but will be merged under a single messenger platform.

According to The New York Times, The tech giant plans to finish the merge of platforms by the end of 2019 or early 2020. However, it seems to some experts that such changes might not be welcomed by Facebook users, who have become more aware about the personal data the firm shares with its counteragents following a number of scandals during 2018. By now, it is not quite clear what information about messengers’ users will be exchanged between the platforms.

10.12.2018 Italy charged Facebook for $11.4M over unapproved use data usage

Italy's competition watchdog fined Facebook for totally 10 million Euro for exploiting user data for commercial purposes not in compliance with the local laws.

The Competition Authority of Italy has resolved that the platform persuaded its users to register for accounts without notifying them that their data could be processed for commercial purposes.

Moreover, Facebook is fined for transfer user data to third parties "without express and prior consent". According to the watchdog’s official statement, Facebook must publish a corrective notice to all its users.

27.10.2018 Facebook is charged for £500,000 in the United Kingdom over Cambridge Analytica case

It seems that the fine is just a part of the amount the platform would have faced had the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) been in force.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office resolved to fine Facebook £500 over unfair processing of users' data. That is to say, that the fine is related to the Cambridge Analytica case and is the maximum amount allowed under the Data Protection Act 1998.

01.06.2018 Russian authorities are testing more effective measures to block Telegram

According to Reuters, Russia is experimenting with more precise technology to block individual online services after an attempt to shut down banned messaging service Telegram failed. The authorities have to find a way to shut the messenger down without hitting other Internet traffic.

Telegram has been banned in Russia when refused to comply with a court order to provide state security services with decoding keys for access to users’ encrypted messages.

Russian data protection watchdog began to block the app in April but faced certain practical difficulties. Eventually Russian users were restricted in access to unrelated online services.

Currently, the attempt to block Telegram is put on hold. The messenger is still accessible to its Russian users.

24.04.2018 Russia started blocking campaign of Telegram

Russian data protection watchdog announced on Monday that it has begun to implement a full ban for the popular messenger Telegram.

Internet providers have been notified to block Telegram in Russia after a last week court decision that the app is subject to a ban until it provides the decoding keys to its data encryption systems.

Russian authorities insisted on that Telegram could be used by extremist organizations in their communication and coordination process. Telegram argues that Russian intelligence services are violating consumer rights and is ready to battle against the ban, according to the messenger’s founder Pavel Durov.

20.04.2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal over Facebook’s unfair processing of user data is gaining strength

The largest social network in the world is at the center of a widespread scandal involving personal data of its users.

Last month, The New York Times, Guardian and Observer published news that the social platform was tricked by researchers, who allegedly received access to the data of millions of Facebook users and could have used it for political advertising purposes during the 2016 President Elections in the United States.

The trail allegedly leads back to a Cambridge professor named Aleksandr Kogan, who legally gained access to user data on 270,000 accounts through Facebook's login feature. However, the professor violated Facebook's rules when shared the data with Cambridge Analytica.

The news gave rise to a scandal on how Facebook handles personal information of its users. At the beginning, it was revealed that the leak of data covered over 50 million of user accounts. Currently, the amount of Facebook’s users, whose personal data is violated, goes up to 87 million. The platform has recently released a tool to inform people whether their user data had been accessed or not.